— TrevorGet a Park Passport. It's an inexpensive souvenir, and a good reminder of your visit. Our family loves to collect them.
Bandelier is best known for mesas, sheer-walled canyons, and several thousand ancestral Pueblo dwellings found among them. The monument also includes over 23,000 acres of designated Wilderness.
Bandelier's human history extends back for over 10,000 years when nomadic hunter-gatherers followed migrating wildlife across the mesas and canyons. By 1150 AD Ancestral Pueblo people began to build more permanent settlements. Reminders of these past times are still evident in the park as are the strong ties of the modern Pueblo people. By 1550 the Ancestral Pueblo people had moved from their homes here to pueblos along the Rio Grande (Cochiti, San Felipe, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo).
The park was named for Adolph Bandelier, a 19th-century anthropologist. In 1916 legislation to create Bandelier National Monument was signed by President Woodrow Wilson.