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Bandelier Main Loop Trail - 3 members in 9 triplogs have rated this an average 4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Aug 13 2021
sneakySASQUATCH
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52 male
 Joined Aug 23 2005
 Pike National Fo
Bandelier Main Loop TrailNorth Central, NM
North Central, NM
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sneakySASQUATCH
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4 day trip with the first stop Bandelier which has been on the bucket list. Found a quick camp spot as we got to the area late. It was refreshing to be out of pollution advisories for the first time in a month. During the trip we had to pass through the Los Alamos labs security check points and surprisingly with Yertle only got searched once. My wife said if they were doing their jobs we would have gotten searched every time. :)
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Sep 04 2018
jochal
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37 male
 Joined Sep 13 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Bandelier Main Loop TrailNorth Central, NM
North Central, NM
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jochal
Hiking2.00 Miles 160 AEG
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Main loop trail plus Alcove trail. Nice place, but glad we were here on a Tuesday. Too many people would be annoying.
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Jul 11 2014
slegal
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59 male
 Joined Jan 27 2007
 Thousand Oaks, C
Bandelier Main Loop TrailNorth Central, NM
North Central, NM
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slegal
Hiking3.90 Miles 25 AEG
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We headed out to Bandelier today. My wife and I had visited Bandelier 8 years ago, but today we also had our 19 year old son in tow. My two impressions of Bandelier today versus 8 years ago – way too hot and floods have messed the place up.

We did the same route that we did 8 years ago, the main loop plus the trip to Alcove House. The beginning of the main loop is on a southeast facing slope and it was baking. The skies were clear and I was breaking a sweat.

When we headed to Alcove House it was even hotter. When we touch the railings at the top of each ladder they were too hot to hold onto. On the way back down the ladders, even the wood steps in the ladders were too hot to hold onto.

The main loop and the trail to alcove house have been badly damages by floods. The 2011 fire that threatened Los Alamos had destroyed the ground cover uphill from the canyon causing the land uphill to be unable to hold the water. Thus, the monsoon rains frequently flood the canyon. Consequently, many trees, big and small, have fallen all along the creek that runs through the canyon.

The flooding destroyed a portion of the parking lot. Consequently, visitors can no longer drive into the monument between 9 AM and 3 PM. You now have to park in White Rock and take a bus in. I didn’t mind the bus.

When I got back to the car my car’s thermometer said it was 97 degrees, which is pretty hot for the over 6,000 foot elevation of the area. As we drove to Tsankawi the monsoon clouds finally rolled in and the temperature dropped to 88.
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May 30 2010
cindyl
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49 female
 Joined May 15 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Bandelier Main Loop TrailNorth Central, NM
North Central, NM
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cindyl
Hiking1.20 Miles 25 AEG
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rwstorm
This was after playing around Soda Dam, Spence Hot Springs, Jemez Falls, and then on to Los Alamos for lunch.

The monument was BUSY on this Sunday afternoon of a three-day weekend. If I had more time off during the rest of the year, this would not have been my choice of when to visit. I have to take advantage of these three-day weekends, though. The best part was when we pulled away from the masses by going up to the Alcove House. The steep ladders were quite sturdy - nothing to be afraid of (just don't look down or up!).
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There are just two switchbacks left. And another half-mile to the destination...
May 30 2010
rwstorm
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 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Bandelier Main Loop TrailNorth Central, NM
North Central, NM
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rwstorm
Hiking1.20 Miles 25 AEG
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Following El Morro, it was on to Old Town Albuquerque for dinner, before finishing our first day at Jemez Springs, New Mexico. After breakfast we checked out Soda Dam, Spense Hot Springs, Jemez Falls, and Valle Grande before hitting Los Alamos for lunch. On to Bandelier National Monument for more fun, even with the crowd. We stopped at White Rock to buy some wine and check out the fine view of the Rio Grande River, then it was on to the city different for night number two. I live for these road trips. Keep me moving!
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Sep 06 2009
Scorpionrider
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62 male
 Joined Mar 12 2007
 Phoenix, AZ
Bandelier Main Loop TrailNorth Central, NM
North Central, NM
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Scorpionrider
Hiking1.20 Miles 25 AEG
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Sep 02 2007
rwstorm
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73 male
 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Bandelier Main Loop TrailNorth Central, NM
North Central, NM
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rwstorm
Hiking1.20 Miles 25 AEG
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Camped two nights at Juniper CG in Bandelier National Monument as part of our Labor Day Weekend trip. In addition to checking out main attractions on the loop from the visitor center, we also took a side trip down to nearby White Rock for views down toward the Rio Grande River from the edge of the mesa, as well as get some supplies/food. I also wanted to stop at the Balagna Winery in White Rock to pick up a bottle of John Balagna's "La Bomba Grande" red table wine (not that this was an award winning wine or anything, but I loved the atomic bomb blast label :) ). I became aware of this wine in 1995 when I found it in Santa Fe, but I wanted to finally visit the winery and meet the proprietor. Turns out it was a good thing we stopped when we did, because he told us he was closing the winery at the end of the year (2007). John was a nuclear chemist at Los Alamos who got into wine making after his retirement. Since he was involved with the development of the first atomic bomb, it was only natural one of his wines should have that name. :lol: One thing we wanted to ask him was if he knew the father of a hiking friend, who also was a scientist at Los Alamos. He said, "Sure, we were practically neighbors." Very cool indeed!

After our time around Bandelier we drove scenic NM 4 down through Jemez Springs (with a stop at Soda Dam), then it was US 550 to Bernalillo, where we hit the freeways for the fast track home. It really was an awesome whirlwind five day adventure! :D
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Jul 16 2005
iborrego
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28 male
 Joined Oct 13 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Bandelier Main Loop TrailNorth Central, NM
North Central, NM
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iborrego
Hiking1.20 Miles 25 AEG
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Nov 03 2003
Crzy4AZ
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48 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Bandelier Main Loop TrailNorth Central, NM
North Central, NM
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Crzy4AZ
Hiking1.20 Miles 25 AEG
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Fall weather and scenery - - the climb up the ladder to get to the kiva was worth it. Not really a hike - more like a nice guided walk.
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