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Bandelier National Monument, NM

We hadn't originally planned to go to Bandelier but it was on the way (kind of) from Santa Fe to Taos and therabyd recommended it so we went there after Los Alamos. We were very glad we did - the park was very beautiful and a welcome break from cities and museums. The cliffs of Frijoles Canyon are made of a sandstone that wears away, creating a "Swiss cheese" effect and contains the ruins of settlements dating back a thousand years or so. I was also able to climb up inside some of the holes in the cliffside which were used as homes by the Ancestral Puebloan people who lived there. This was really interesting - although we did meet an American couple there who assumed we wouldn't be impressed because we were British and had much older stuff in our country. This happened again in Taos with another couple who then said that at least we didn't have mountains like the US did. I got my metric and Imperial measurements muddled up and said I though Ben Nevis and Snowdon were as tall as the mountains in the Rockies -- oops!

photos by kb98


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Oct. 18th, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it! Bandelier tends to be a lot less crowded and allow much more access than some of the bigger national parks, which is part of why I recommend it and take lots of visitors there.
Oct. 18th, 2009 07:28 am (UTC)
Yes, there were very few people there (especially compared to Mesa Verde where each tour group of c.30 had to wait for the one before to finish looking round the ruins) so we had could wander round the trail at our own pace. Thanks for the recommendation!
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