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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 »

Yucca

banana yucca

Yucca was a important plant, supplying the needs of the Ancestral Pueblo people.

NPS Photo by Sally King

Yucca, a member of the lily family, was an extremely important native plant used by the Ancestral Pueblo people. It supplied food in the form of blossoms, fruits, and roots; fiber for weaving sandals and rope; soap and shampoo from the roots; and the ends of the sharp, pointed leaves made excellent needles for sewing. Two forms of yucca, Banana Yucca and Narrow Leaf Yucca, are common within the park.

Did You Know?

Three-leaf Sumac

A drink that tastes a lot like lemonade can be made from the berries of the Three-leaf Sumac. From this, the bush gets its common name, the Lemonade Bush.