An Open Book of Human History

Bandelier National Monument protects over 33,000 acres of rugged but beautiful canyon and mesa country as well as evidence of a human presence here going back over 11,000 years.  Petroglyphs, dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs, and standing masonry walls pay tribute to the early days of a culture that still survives in the surrounding communities.

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Shuttle & Visiting Bandelier Summer/Fall 2015

Planning to visit Bandelier in summer/fall of 2015? To make the best of your planning efforts click here to find out what's happening when you visit.

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Butterflies in the Park

Dorothy Hoard Memorial Butterfly Count

Saturday, July 25 9am, Burnt Mesa trailhead. Registration required. Kids are free adults $5. Bring water, lunch, hiking shoes.

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Multi Use Path

Multi Use Path

The multi-use path would create a 30-mile loop of mixed off-road & road shoulder available for walking, biking, cross-country skiing, & marathons.

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Abert's Squirrel

Did I Hear You Say Big Ears?

Abert's Squirrel are best distinguished by their tufted or tasseled ears, but that is not the only thing that is unique about them.

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American Pika

American Pika: At Bandelier?

You might not expect to find this cute little relative of the rabbit in Bandelier but they are found in the park's highest elevations.

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bull elk in Bandelier

Elk - Good for Bandelier?

Prehistoric elk populations in Bandelier were small. Today's elk were reintroduced in the 1960's and may be doing too well.

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a coyote face

Too Smart For Their Own Good?

Not everyone likes coyotes but they play an important role in our food chain, keeping rodents populations in check and highways cleared of roadkill.

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using a dendroband to measure a tree

Watching Trees Grow

There's a new resource management blog to check out. It's amazing what scientists can learn just by watching trees shrink and expand.

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