Last post about New Mexico, I promise.
We took a day trip from Santa Fe to Bandelier National Monument where a number of Ancestral Pueblo dwellings have been preserved.
Most of the area is made up of volcanic tuff, a soft material that the Pueblo Indians were able to carve in to.
There are miles and miles of trails throughout the monument, some with steps and footbridges, but for the most part it’s flat.
All of those large holes above are caves and some of them connect to each other. They’re rather small inside, and most not high enough to properly stand up in, so I assume the majority of them were used for sleeping.
They have ladders set up at the mouths of some of the caves so you can climb in to have a look. They’re really easy to get up, but not much fun on the way down…
We didn’t spend much time here, as it was way too hot and there wasn’t much in the way of shade, but I’m sure it would make for a great hike in the cooler months. There were hardly any visitors around the time we went, which added to the beauty of the place, it was unbelievably calm and peaceful.
Not surprisingly, the drive to and from was my favourite part, I will never tire of turning a corner and seeing this: