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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 »

Tsankawi Trail Stop 1

Tsankawi Trail Stop 1

Tsankawi is located on the Pajarito Plateau

NPS Photo by Stella Carroll

Tsankawi is located on the Pajarito (pa-ha-REE-toe, little bird in Spanish) Plateau, a place of canyons and mesas. The area receives minimal precipitation (about 15”/yr) mostly in the form of snowfall and late-summer afternoon thunderstorms. Periods of drought are common. To survive here the Ancestral Pueblo people had to rely on dry farming techniques and native plant uses. Today limited water resources still impact the daily lives of all inhabitants of the Pajarito Plateau.

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Pinon cone with nuts

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