Bandelier National Monument

Took a weekend camping trip with the family to Bandelier National Monument near Los Alamos, NM. Bandelier National Monument protects over 33,000 acres of rugged but beautiful canyon and mesa country as well as evidence of a human presence here going back over 11,000 years. Petroglyphs, dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs, and standing masonry walls pay tribute to the early days of a culture that still survives in the surrounding communities. Tracy, the boys and I had a great time camping and exploring the ancient sites. One of the highlights was climbing the three sets of ladders 350 feet to the Alcove House, a ceremonial Kiva. Sadly I did not bring the bike along on this trip, but immensely enjoyed the hiking. We did get back early enough Sunday that I was able to get a nice mtb ride at home.  Next stop is Steamboat Springs for a work conference and some mountain biking in prime fall foliage.

Climbing up the 350 foot ladders to the Alcove House
Climbing up the 350 foot ladders to the Alcove House

 

Tracy
Tracy
Tracy and the Boys Overlooking  Frijoles Canyon
Tracy and the Boys Overlooking Frijoles Canyon
Cullen next to a random ruin
Cullen next to a random ruin
Give me that hat
Give me that hat
The Fam
The Fam
Still climbing
Still climbing
Why you pushing me Cullen?
Why you pushing me Cullen?
Crazy caves in the canyon wall
Crazy caves in the canyon wall
Checking out some ancient homes
Checking out some ancient homes
Below use to be nan ancient dwelling with 300 people living in it
Below use to be nan ancient dwelling with 300 people living in it
Looking out of a cave
Looking out of a cave
Hello Sweetheart
Hello Sweetheart
Enter Only Caves That Have Ladders
Enter Only Caves That Have Ladders
Cullen ready for the hike
Cullen ready for the hike
Kyle Ready for the hike
Kyle Ready for the hike
More caves
More caves
Father and Son
Father and Son
Bandelier National Monument
Bandelier National Monument
Ancient City
Ancient City

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