Bandelier National Monument Los Alamos Reviews
A rare american combination of natural beauty and history Jul 17, 2010
Ever want to see beautiful canyons, ancient ruins, and see cliff dwellings? Then check out bandelier national monument in northern new mexico, all for about six dollars.
The monument has a driving area and hiking area, if you're really hard core you can also camp. It is the site of an ancient precolumbian city / society. The thing that is unique is that there are actual ruins, which is rare in the USA and the cliff dwelling which you can climb to and visit.
The driving portion consists of many winding roads, and you can view the "canyon frejiolas" or bean canyon, which was a source of ancient beans.
The main attraction though is the main trail and the alcove house, which is a hiking trail. The main trail takes you through the path of old ruins and reconstructed buildings. You can also view ancient cliff dwellings, some up to 1000 years old. You can climb ladders into the caves which is pretty cool, and they're cool even when it is blazing out.
You can also view petroglyphs which are ancient wall drawings. You can view them and it is fun to look for them since they are tough to see. I saw crazy looking dancing people, a parrot, and a spiral thingy.
The other main attraction is the alcove house which is a high cliff dwelling thay may have been used for ancient rituals. The fun part is getting too it, which consists of a half mile treck followed by climbing up 130 feet of ladders. The climb is not difficult and the ladders are well made. The fun part is watching people squeem about the ladders only to be over joyed when they are finished!
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