When exploring parts of New Mexico, you often wind up taking long, adventurous hikes. Most of these hikes require lots of walking, however, there's one that involves more climbing than anything else. Main Loop Trail at Bandelier National Monument is filled with numerous rewarded stops along the way: 21, to be exact.

Bandelier National Monument is well-known by natives and tourists alike. What many don't know is that the Main Loop Trail will lead you to numerous hidden homes and other gems along the way.

The trail is a 1.2-mile loop trail through sites like Tyuonyi, Big Kiva, Talus House, and more.

There are over 20 archeological sites like these that you'll see along the way, but it won't always be a breeze to reach them.

Numerous wooden ladders and stone stairways will need to be climbed at certain points and guests typically stay on the trail for a little under an hour tackling them all.

Halfway through, you can even make it to the top of the iconic Alcove House.

To see everything that the glorious Main Loop Trail has to offer, it's well worth the extra steps!

For those who prefer a bit more guidance, a $2 trail guide is available at the Visitor Center where a friendly employee will be ready to greet and assist you.

There's even a map online to check out when you visit.

Bandelier is well-known to be home to some adorable critters, so depending on the time of year you visit you may see squirrels, wolves, and more.

You'll be blown away no matter if you're brand new to the site, or visit it regularly.

Alcove House Trail

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Address: 15 Entrance Rd., Los Alamos, NM

Why You Need To Go: It'll be a great workout and even bigger accomplishment once you're able to take in the views from the top.

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