History and Culture
Native American Culture
From exquisite artwork and delicious food to authentic celebrations passed down from centuries earlier, nine Native American communities continue to weave an integral pattern into the fabric of Sandoval County.
Guests are encouraged to use respect, courtesy and common sense when visiting pueblos. Each community has its own set of rules regarding photography or any other method of recording images or sounds. When in doubt, be sure to ask before proceeding.
Bandelier National Monument, 14 miles south of Los Alamos off Hwy 4, is the site of extensive 12th-century pueblo cliff dwellings. Visit Anasazi ruins or explore the varied terrain of back-country trails.
Recommended day hikes include: The Ruins Trail (paved), the Ceremonial Caves Trail featuring a 140-foot climb on ladders, and the Falls Trail.