Bandelier National Monument

If you’re ever near Los Alamos, New Mexico, stop in and visit Bandelier National Monument in the beautiful Frijoles Canyon.

The monument preserves the homes and territory of the Ancestral Puebloans of a later era in the Southwest. Most of the pueblo structures date to two eras, dating between 1150 and 1600 AD.” #wiki

Though there are over 70 miles of hiking trails, when we visited some years back, we visited only the Main Loop trail to see and tour the interesting cliff dwellings and the ruins of Tyuonyi (chew-OHN-yee) pueblo.

More info on the monument and park here:
History & Culture – Bandelier National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)

View of Tyuonyi pueblo ruins
View of Tyuonyi pueblo ruins
Pictograh and Viga holes
Pictograh and viga holes used to hold the dwellings’ supports
Frijoles Canyon
Frijoles Canyon view from inside a cavate
Inside the Came room
Inside the Cave room (a.k.a. cavate)
Volcanic Tuff cliff
Volcanic Tuff cliff formed from the Jemez Volcano over one million years ago
Inside the Cavate
Inside the cavate – plastered walls and smoked ceilings.
Volcanic Tuff cliffs
Volcanic Tuff cliffs
Tree Cholla cactus
Cylindropuntia imbricata (Tree Cholla) cactus in front of Alcove House

More info on the monument and park here:
History & Culture – Bandelier National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)

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