Bandelier National Monument is a gorgeous place full of history. It is the perfect day trip from Santa Fe, located about an hour away. My sister and I learned so much about the history of the Ancestral Puebloans and we were very impressed by everything that has been done to preserve the homes and territory. You can see the cliff dwellings and housings remains of where the Ancestral Puebloans lived. Some wanted to live on the ground, and some in wanted to live in the cliffs. We were able to explore both types of living!
If you decide to go, we highly recommend picking up the self-guided book and reading along at each stop on the hike, they are labeled by number. We also took a steep detour and hiked up to the campground at the top of the mountain in order to check out the views, and also get more of a workout in!
I hope you enjoy Bandelier and learning about the Ancestral Puebloans as much as we did. Don’t forget to pack snacks and water! I ate a Justin’s Almond Butter Pack, some turkey, and an apple.
Thanks for adventuring. On to the next!
XO – Blonde Boarding