Hiking The Bandelier Stone Lions Loop
The 15th most popular hiking trail in New Mexico.
Sunday 26 June 2016 03:04 GMT
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. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Bandelier Stone Lions Loop including East Fork Trail, Alamo Rim Trail and Middle Alamo/Yapashi/Upper Alamo Trail.