New Mexico is an enchanted land of many wonders. If you live here, you already know that. If you’re visiting, then you’ll be amazed!
Bandelier is home to nearly 50 miles of caves, cliff dwellings and petroglyphs. It was inhabited by indigenous people hundreds of years ago.
The most striking aspect about the park are the things that haven’t changed with time like the caves, streams and adobe houses.
Kivas, or ancient pueblo ritual grounds, dot the landscape for miles. Wildlife can also be seen throughout the forests. It’s the perfect place for nature lovers or adventurous high school students like myself.
The terrain and raw beauty of the park makes it ideal for extended stays or quick day trips.
We spent a full day in the park — hiking, climbing and otherwise having a great time.
Standing in the park with cliff faces on either side leaves you with a sense of admiration as you see the lingering effects the pueblo people had on the area.
The group who inhabited Bandelier were direct early ancestors of modern day pueblo people. Bandelier is one of the most well-preserved Native American monuments in the world.
By the end of the day we were all tired, but happy to experience the park. In fact, it’s pretty hard to not enjoy New Mexico!
Bandelier National Monument is just one of the many beautiful and rich experiences New Mexico has to offer. With so many to discover, it’s worth your time.
Justis, age 15
Taoseño since Summer 2014
Photos courtesy of Dylan (student), Justis (student) and Taos Academy Charter School