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May 5, 2016 - Bandelier National Monument

Bandelier National Monument is an hour drive from Santa Fe. Dogs are only allowed in the visitors' one parking area so we debated if Bandelier was to be or not to be visited. We took Bear's stroller as park rules prohibit dogs on trails but with Bear in her stroller she wasn't technically on the trail but over it! The Ancestral Pueblo lived alongside with their dogs, just like we do today. This 50 square mile monument has only 3 miles of paved road but 70 miles of hiking trails. The Main Loop trail is a 2.2 round trip walk to the ancestral...

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Spring Trip 2016

May 31, 2014 - Bandelier National Monument

west of Santa Fe, the drive is thru semiarid region. A shuttle bus takes you up to the park. A creek runs thru the canyon which is why native Americans lived here; hopefully you can see the vegetation change from the drive over to the village. Pictures show the ruins of the cave dwellers' homes, their ceremonial pits, and the creek. About a decade ago there was a flash flood after a thunderstorm and what was a camping area was washed away. There are no plans for rebuilding it. We continue preparing the camp for the summer with this week's...

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May 10, 2014 - Bandelier NM Cliff Dwellings and Hikes

Saturday, 10-May – Hiking in Bandelier NM Trip miles: 7.5 miles (walking) Route taken: Frey Trail from Juniper campground -> Main Loop → Visitor Center ->Alcove House → Frey Trail to Juniper campground Average Gas mileage: n/a Weather: sunny and warm (60+), with gusty winds starting up after 13:00. Last night was warmer (50'sF??) Elevation: 6600 ft ↔ 6066 ft Highlights: - Alcove House and other cliff dwellings near the Visitor Center - canyon views from Frey trail It was not too difficult to crawl out of the tent at 6:30 this morning,...

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May 9, 2014 - Bandelier National Monument

Friday, May 9th (afternoon) -- Bandelier National Monument The narrow state road NM-4 to Bandelier National Monument provides spectacular views as it winds across and down from the Pajarito Mesa, past the Los Alamos National Laboratory to the Visitor Center in Frijoles Canyon. I wouldn't want to be driving a big motor home along this road. We arrived at about noon behind a school bus full of youngsters, maybe on a Friday afternoon field trip? We took the last spot in the parking lot. After reading that there is sometimes a 30-minute wait...

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Apr 15, 2014 - Bandelier National Monument

Bandelier National Monument is 48 miles northwest of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Form Pamphlet: The park is open year-round except December 25th & January 1st. Late spring & summer are the busiest times, & on some days, especially at midday, there may be a 30-45 minute wait for parking. Bandelier is unusual in that there are only three miles of public road within its 33,750 acres, but there are 70 miles of trails. There are Ancestral Pueblo dwellings within a short, easy walk of the visitor center. The closet archeological site 400 yards from...

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Jun 2, 2013 - Trekking in Bandelier National Monument

While we were staying in Santa Fe, nearby Bandelier National Monument called us to visit – to learn, to hike and to take photographs of the lovely area. Because of the lack of parking spaces at the park, visitors are required to meet at a central location in the nearest town of White Rock and then take a bus up the mountain to the park. The bus driver gave us an interesting, fun and educational spiel while driving up the winding roads, and dropped us off right at the visitor center at the park. We did a lot of hiking around the park as we...

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Mar 7, 2012 - Bandelier National Monument

Mar 7 Bandelier NM and The Town That Never Was We are up and out early this morning, we are driving to Bandelier NM over 100 miles from here. The wind is due to pick up later today and I am planning on walking to the cave and climbing the ladders. Bandelier’s human activity dates back more than 10,000 years. The early people were hunters and gatherers but over time they became more sedentary and built homes of wood and mud. The first houses were pit houses, built largely underground. Next the Ancestral Puebloans built above-ground stone...

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Mar 7, 2012 - The Town That Never Was

Bandelier NM is located outside of Los Alamos, The Town That Never Was. In 1917, a successful ranch, The Alamos Ranch, was purchased Ashley Pond, a Detroit entrepreneur and former “Rough Rider”. Pond converted the working ranch to the Los Alamos Ranch School, a school designed for “privileged eastern boys so they might become robust, learned men.” After the U.S. entered WWII an area was needed to develop nuclear power, an isolated area but easy to reach, with little population. Los Alamos Ranch School was the perfect spot. In 1943, the...

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Oct 10, 2010 - Jemez Scenic Byway Redux

My work at the balloon fiesta is done and the last mass ascension has occurred and I am scheduled to leave tomorrow, so if I'm going to go back to see things on the Jemez Scenic Byway, it has to be today, another glorious one at that! BTW, the road to get to the Byway is the same road I took last Spring to get to Durango, CO. About 20 miles further is where I had the blowout of the left front tire of the car and spent some time at a garage in Cuba while it was being fixed. Stop 1 today was the Jemez Springs State Monument which protects the...

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Jun 18, 2010 - Bandelier NM, Los Alamos, NM

Bandelier NM, NM The prehistoric cliff-dwelling Puebloan culture was tucked away next to the Frijoles Creek. Two to six hundred people lived in this area between 1100 and 1550. It was exciting to climb the ponderosa pine ladders 140 feet above the canyon floor to visit many of the prehistoric alcove homes.

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Western US 2010

Jun 12, 2010 - Bandelier National Monument

From Trailer Ranch RV Resort – Santa Fe, NM As you read of our adventures today, your imagination needs to wander back 10,000 years when the Ancestral Pueblo people migrated in and out of Frijoles Canyon and what is today Bandelier National Monument. These early inhabitants did not build permanent structures, however spear points found by archeologists would note that they migrated in and out with the movement of game animals. Now picture these people becoming more sedentary with their first dwellings made of wood and mud known as pit...

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Home Sweet RV - 2010

Jun 2, 2010 - Los Alamos, White Rock and Santa Fe

Dear Friends and Family, When I was a little kid, I had a book about the Pueblo Indians that I loved. My wish to see the cliff dwellings in the book has come true. Today, we went to Bandelier National Monument. This is by far my favorite sight seeing in New Mexico. Bandelier was home to the Anasazi tribe, pueblo cliff dwellers. The scenery was so amazing!And the cliff homes were really what I wanted to see in New Mexico. Some were recreations that you could climb a ladder and enter, and others were the real deal to just look at. I can't...

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