Northwest of Sante Fe and south of Los Alamos, the 16 mile Bandelier Stone Lions Loop crosses Lummis Canyon and then drops into Alamo Canyon. The hike is through a beautiful riparian ecosystem. The route starts from the visitor center.
To reach the trailhead from Santa Fe, take US 84/285 north 13 miles to SR 502, exit onto SR 4, and proceed to the monument entrance and follow signs to the Visitor Center.
Note: the actual trails in the monument are not named and are usually unsigned. It is strongly encouraged to purchase a large scale topographic map of the region prior to hiking.
Overall, Bandelier Stone Lions Loop is the 15th most popular hiking trail of all 39 hikes in New Mexico.