Virtual Tour of Tsankawi

tsankawi ladder
Your Tsankawi journey begins by climbing the first of three ladders onto a flat stone platform.

photo by Sally King

 
tsankawi mesa trail
Travel at Tsankawi involves walking in incised trails.  It is very important to stay on the trail and not to walk next to it.  Walking outside the trail causes increased erosion and could lead to the closure of this site.

photo by Sally King

 
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An amazing view awaits you from the top of the first ladder.

 
2nd ladder
The second ladder at Tsankawi is taller than the first but climbing it gets you onto Tsankawi mesa with its incredible views.

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From the mesatop you will find the most incredible views in all directions. Remember you are very exposed here if a thunderstorms should appear.

 
east view tsankawi
View to the east and Sangre de Cristo mountains from Tsankawi Mesa

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jemez from tsankawi
View to the west from Tsankawi mesa

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The bugs were a buzzing but here's a 360 view shot in Tsankawi Pueblo. Bugs are not often a problem in Bandelier but sometimes they are. Bug spray can be useful.

 
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More distant views from Tsankawi Mesa, this time to the South

 
petroglyph man
Numerous petroglyphs (carved images) can be seen as you hike the trail at Tsankawi.  Remember to stay on the trail.  Light can affect which images are most likely to be seen.

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stone stairs
There are also several sets of stone stairs along the path.  Please do not attempt to climb them.  It could be dangerous and is also very damaging to the resources as the rock is so soft it will hold a record of your passage.

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Although we don't believe the Pueblo people chose to inhabit Tsankawi just for the aesthetics, the views here are amazing.

 
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Can you imagine hiking to any of those distant peaks?

 
pottery scatter
You will see pottery shards as you hike at Tsankawi.  Please do not collect, take, or pile these artifacts.  If you want to see one up close put it back from where you picked it up.  This history is important and these are the physical remnants of this past.

photo by Sally King

 
from inside a cavate
Remember to stay on the trail and enter cavates (human excavated cavities) only if they are immediately adjacent to the trail.  There are several and they provide excellent views.

photo by Sally King

Last updated: September 1, 2020

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