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Bandelier National Monument
Photo taken by and courtesy of Shannon Bell

Bandelier National Monument was first occupied by the Anasazi in the late 12th-early 13th centuries. The monument's sheer canyon walls contain numerous cave dwellings as well as petroglyphs (pictures pecked onto rock surfaces) and pictographs (pictures painted onto rock surfaces) that date from this period. Surface dwellings include the remains of two large villages, Tyuonyi and Tsankawi. Most of the occupants had vacated the area by the mid-1500s for unknown reasons. The distinctive Pueblo-Revival style Visitors Center was built of hand-hewn stone by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s, and today the Bandelier CCC Historic District is a National Historic Landmark.

Bandelier National Monument, administered by the National Park Service, is 10 miles south of Los Alamos, New Mexico, on NM 4. The Visitors Center is open daily from 8:00am to 6:00pm (Summer); 8:00am to 4:30pm (Winter); 9:00am to 5:30pm (Spring/Fall). Please call 505-672-0343, or visit the park's website for further information.


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