Thursday Travel: Bandelier National Monument

The Bandelier National Monument at the Frijoles Canyon in New Mexico dates back more than 10,000 years.


These mountains views were captured through the car window.




The pink rock look much like sandstone, but it’s actually volcanic ash that compacted over time into a soft, crumbly rock call tuff.


Tuff is easily eroded by the action of wind and rain. Over time the exposed rock takes on “Swiss cheese” look. There you can see some of these “Swiss chesse” holes are pretty tiny.


It was an ideal place for Ancestral Pueblo people to settled, beautiful mountain views, lots of trees and resources, and a creek runs through.



Ancestral Pueblo people used the soft rock for building materials.


Climbing up a little higher, this is the view you get to see, where you can imagine how live was like for them.



Bandelier was designated by President Woodrow Wilson as a National Monument on February 11, 1916, and named for Adolph Bandelier, a Swiss-American anthropologist who researched the cultures of the area and supported preservation of the sites.



source: Western National Park Association

Happy Thursday!

43 thoughts on “Thursday Travel: Bandelier National Monument

    • Hi Rusha, Wonderful to know you had seen this monument before. Isn’t that a magnificent place? When I take photo from the side window of the car, I adjust the shutter speed higher, like 1/640 or 1/800 on the freeway. Taking from the front window may not need fast speed.
      Thank you for commenting!

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  1. That was really interesting! It’s amazing to think how they lived. Even though their struggles were probably much different and more physically painful for them, I can’t help but wonder if they were happier. I love that last recreation image. Amazing! I’d love to take a look into the past if I could.

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  2. I was surprised by how fascinating this park is. We had a storm roll through during our visit. Thus, we didn’t get to explore much of it, but are looking forward to a return visit. Glad you got to see more of it than I did.


  3. Such amazing shots through the window again, Amy. Couldn’t even tell. You did very well. Those rocks certain look magnificent and interesting to hear their Swiss Cheese look. Good to watch from afar 🙂


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