Bandelier National Monument provides some outstanding high desert hiking that unfortunately I didn’t have time to fully explore on my first visit there. Instead, I took advantage of the Frijoles Canyon and Tsankawi Trails. Frijoles Canyon is one of the main reason for the park’s protection. It contains some remarkable ruins from the Puebloan people, many of them built right into natural alcoves in volcanic tuff! The park also contains many other ruins that have gone unexcavated at the request of the native peoples. In a separate unit, the Tsankawi Trail brings hikers on a more remote, high desert trail past more unexcavated ruins and more ruins created in the volcanic tuff layer. The entire park itself is just begging for more exploration, and I look forward to getting back there soon.
Bandelier National Monument Trails
During my trip to the southwestern United States in the fall of 2014, one of my destinations was Chaco Culture National Historic Park, or more commonly known as, Chaco Canyon. Turning off the highway that’s overrun these days with oil and gas traffic, I began the winding journey down the back roads to Chaco Canyon, only to find 15 miles in that the campground was full. An amazing thing about Chaco Canyon is that it’s […]