Bandelier National Monument
Best known for mesas, sheer-walled canyons, and the ancestral Pueblo dwellings found among them, Bandelier also includes over 23,000 acres of designated Wilderness. It was named for Adolph Bandelier, a 19th-century anthropologist. Proclaimed on February 11, 1916. Acreage: 32,737, all federal. Wilderness area: 23,267.
Car - Visitors traveling North-South on I-25 take St Francis/84/285 exit for Santa Fe, go straight through city, then follow signs to Bandelier at each major junction. Beautiful alternative route for those going north on I25: at Bernalillo, take exit for 550 (formerly 44). At San Ysidro take exit to NM 4; continue over the mountains to park entrance (good paved road, but may not be advisable in winter weather)