Access by Shuttle Bus Only
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 »
CCC Walking Tour Stop 2
NPS Photo by Stella Carroll
Enter the Visitor Center. Once well inside the door, take a moment to look up and around and enjoy the ambiance of the building. This room contains a variety of extremely decorative elements. Notice the original Spanish Colonial pierced-tin light fixtures and the woodworking around the walls, including all the interior corbels. Also, look at the latillas, above the vigas. The latillas in this room are arranged in a diagonal or herringbone pattern, while others in the complex are usually laid perpendicular to the vigas. The fancy diagonal pattern is usually reserved for public use buildings rather than offices or quarters. The flooring is chunks of native volcanic rock. Building a fireplace in a corner is a tradition widespread in New Mexico, and here bancos were built extending from its sides. There is another corner fireplace in the auditorium, as well as more tin light fixtures.
Did You Know?
Ancestral Pueblo people traded items such as fine quality obsidian and pottery from this area for items such as macaws, copper bells, and seashells from distant lands.