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Main Loop Trail

Bandelier National Monument

Jemez Mountains + Sierra Nacimiento, New Mexico

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  • View from the visitor center looking at the Tyuonyi Pueblo.- Main Loop Trail
  • View of the canyon walls.- Main Loop Trail
  • One of the flowering plants along the trail.- Main Loop Trail
  • Hikers can climb into the cliff dwellings.- Main Loop Trail
  • View of a cliff dwelling.- Main Loop Trail
  • The Long House, one of the dwellings on the trail.- Main Loop Trail
  • The Long House, one of the dwellings on the trail.- Main Loop Trail
  • Another view of the Long House.- Main Loop Trail
  • Although this trail is in the Jemez Mountains, it still is in a desert climate with many cacti along the way.- Main Loop Trail
  • Although faint, there are several petroglyphs along the route.- Main Loop Trail
  • View from the return trail looking back toward the dwellings.- Main Loop Trail
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Pros: 
Cliff dwellings.
Cons: 
Heavily trafficked.
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Region:
Jemez Mountains + Sierra Nacimiento, NM
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Highest point: 
6,291.00 ft (1,917.50 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Park entrance fee
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.40 mi (2.25 km)
Total elevation gain: 
225.00 ft (68.58 m)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,066.00 ft (1,848.92 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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This 1.4-mile loop is an excellent way to learn about the early inhabitants of this area. The trail starts out and hikers will walk through the Tyuonyi Pueblo en route to the cliff dwellings. This dwelling would have house around 100 people when it was still in use and housed three kivas.  After walking through the pueblo the trail leads towards the cliff dwellings. Over the next three-quarters of a mile the trail follows cliff dwellings, and hikers can climb into the cave rooms. After a series of cave rooms hikers will find the Long House, which is where people can see some of the petroglyphs that are in the park.  After visitors see the Long House they can return the the visitor center via the return trail, part of which is shaded and provides hikers with some relief from the sunl. This is a great trail to learn about the people who once lived in the region.

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