Bandelier National Monument has a long human history and links to the modern Pueblos. Enjoy the numerous scenic views with its sloped mesas and steep-walled canyons, from over 10,000 feet at Cerro Grande to just over 5,000 feet at the Rio Grande. Junior Ranger and Deputy Ranger programs available.
Stunning views and tons of history.
This is one of the most beautiful hikes that you can do in NM that also walks you through time. There are plenty of rest stops along the way but definitely wear/bring a backpack carrier for the younger kids.
I've visited as a kid and as an adult with kids myself and it has always been fun.
Bandelier is a wonderful park to take the family out for an adventurous day. It does involve a good bit of hiking/climbing so make sure to dress appropriately. On site, you get a chance to step into the world of the early cliff dwelling puebloeans (sp?) and climb into the actual homes in the cliff wall! It was amazing to see how tiny but complex some of the cliff homes were and the guides were quick to point out that some of the ones we saw earlier on the ground were even more complex being that they were several stories high! The walking paths around the park were also great for a nice scenic day out. We really enjoyed out trip!