Hiking The Bandelier Stone Lions Loop

The 15th most popular hiking trail in New Mexico.

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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.

Bandelier National Monument (NM/US)

Bandelier National Monument (NM/US)

Bandelier Stone Lions Loop Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Bandelier National Monument (505) 672-3861; NM Tourism (800) SEENEWM; Guide To BNM (505) 662-6272; Los Alamos Outdoors (505) 663-0212.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking New Mexico" from Laurence Parent

Recommended Map:  "Santa Fe / Los Alamos Trail Map" from Kent Schulte

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  National Park Juniper Campground

Luxury Loding:  Casa Escondida B&B, Chimayo (800) 643-7201

Reference Source:  click here http://www.nps.gov/band/

GPS:  35.77908, -106.27038

Date Published:  1/4/2016

Date Updated:  6/26/2016

ID:  11052

Bandelier Stone Lions Loop Hiking Map


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