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Bandelier National Monument lies inside Los Alamos, New Mexico, about an hour from Santa Fe. It is a long canyon formed by a feeder stream for the Rio Grande which has eroded walls of volcanic rock. The canyon itself is sloping hills and grassland to one side, but high and nearly vertical cliff faces on the other. It is in these that the Ancestral Pueblo People found shelter.

Pueblo People is the name given to a family of Native American groups who have lived in the area now occupied by Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Northern Mexico for millennia. Living in communities built from adobe brick and often augmented with dwellings carved from soft volcanic rock like this one, Pueblo Indians dominated the arid plains of the region as far back as 7000 BC. Predominantly hunter-gatherers at first, they engaged as well in agriculture.

Bandelier National Monument itself is named for Adolph Bandelier, an archaeologist and antrhropologist who did some of the early groundbreaking work on the Pueblo People. The Monument covers nearly 34,000 acres of land and is open to hikers and campers under the management of the National Park Service. There are many cliff dwellings preserved or reconstructed on the grounds; the one pictured is along the Loop Trail and is part of a three room dwelling that we took shelter in during a brief thunderstorm.

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