“11,000 years of human presence”
Bandelier National Monument is a 33,677-acre United States National Monument in New Mexico preserving the homes and territory of the Ancestral Pueblo People. Most of the pueblo structures date to two eras, in total from 1150 to 1600 CE. Bandelier was designated by President Woodrow Wilson as a National Monument on February 11, 1916, and named for Adolph Bandelier, a Swiss anthropologist who researched the cultures of the area and supported preservation of the sites. The National Park Service co-operates with surrounding pueblos, other federal agencies, and state agencies to manage the park. The monument received 193,914 visitors in 2011.
Human presence in the area has been dated to over 10,000 years before present. Permanent settlements by ancestors of the Puebloan peoples have been dated to 1150 CE; these settlers had moved closer to the Rio Grande by 1550. The distribution of basalt and obsidian artifacts from the area, along with other traded goods, rock markings, and construction techniques, indicate that its inhabitants were part of a regional trade network that included what is now Mexico. Spanish colonial settlers arrived in the 18th century. The Pueblo Jose Montoya brought Adolph Bandelier to visit the area in 1880. Looking over the cliff dwellings, Bandelier said, "It is the grandest thing I ever saw."
We went here last year and it was very fun. You can climb into the caves and loads of neat stuff for kids. The walk was easy but you should pick a cool day to go on this trip.
The main Alcove House is nothing if you've been to mesa verde already but the other cliff dwellings are cool as you can climb up inside them and they are in a volcanic rock formation.
Such a great place to visit! I highly recommend going to the alcove house! If your into photography make sure to take a wide angle lense! It makes for a great photo in the back of the alcove house!
Another excellent National Park!! I love that you can climb into the cliff dwellings. Make sure you go all the way to the Alcove House - there is a series of ladders that takes you several hundred feet up out of the canyon for a really cool experience. They have been devastated a few times in recent years by flooding so the trail system is not what it used to be. Still worth it!
Such a neat monument. Seeing all the history and being able to climb through the preservations was SO cool. Highly recommended.
One of the best light to moderate hikes in New Mexico.
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