• Bandelier Short-horned Lizard

    Bandelier

    National Monument New Mexico

Not an Isolated Village

not isolated

The people who lived here were not isolated from the outside world.

NPS Collection

Foot trails connected villages across the Pajarito Plateau. The Ancestral Pueblo people walked between villages to trade goods, participate in ceremonial activities, and socialize. Trails were also used to reach areas for hunting, gathering, farming, and other daily activities.

Did You Know?

Valles Caldera

The Valles Caldera is the collapsed summit of the Jemez Volcano which erupted over 1 million years ago. Ash from this volcano formed the volcanic tuff from which the Ancestral Pueblo people built their homes.