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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Features

snowy Bandelier entrance sign

Visiting Bandelier in Winter 2014/Spring 2015

Visiting Bandelier in winter/spring can be fun and exciting if you are prepared. Click here to plan a trip between October 28. 2014 and May, 2015.

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Bandelier cavate

Bandelier Holds Centennial Logo Contest

Calling artists. Bandelier needs an exciting logo for its centennial celebration in 2016. It could be your artwork. Contest closes on March 22 2015.

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backlight aspen

Bandelier Issues Call for 2015 Artist in Residence

Bandelier National Monument announces an opportunity for artists to apply for this year’s Artist in Residence Program. Application deadline is June 1.

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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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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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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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