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    Bandelier

    National Monument New Mexico

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    Through October 27, 2014 all access to the most visited part of the park, Frijoles Canyon, will be via a mandatory shuttle bus from the nearby community of White Rock from 9 AM - 3 PM daily. Private cars may drive in before 9 AM or after 3 PM. More »

Bandelier Rocks

San Miguel Mountains

The San Miguel Mountains on the park's western boundary represent another episode of volcanism in the park's history.

photo by sally king

There are four main rock types found in Bandelier. Click on each rock type below to find out more about it and what that type of rock was used for by the Ancestral Pueblo people.

Basalt

Pumice

Obsidian

Tuff

Some less local rocks were also important.

Fibrolite

Did You Know?

Queen butterfly

Queen butterflies are often mistaken for Monarchs because they look so much alike. This is beneficial to the Queen, who is avoided by predators who fear this look-alike may be as toxic as the Monarch.