Parque Natural Mexiquillo


Tent Rocks and Bandelier

This is my second visit to Tent Rocks and Paul, Arlene, and Linda's first time. We did the easy loop and were amazed at the cone like formations. Last time I hiked to the top and you can see my photos 10-22-2002.

A 1000 foot thick layer of pumice, ash and tuff were laid down 6 to 7 million years ago. Water wears down the landscape, but solitary harder rocks protect the softer ash below, thus forming the unique conical shapes.

Bandelier National Monument

Bandolier was just as amazing the second time around. Photos first visit 5/13/2014. Paul, Arlene, Carolyn and Linda enjoyed seeing this historic Pueblo site. The Pueblo's left this site in the 1400s and their decedents now live along the Rio Grand and other locations in New Mexico.  

Arlene, Linda and Paul checking out the largest Kiva

Linda and Paul,  Behind are the remains of a
large housing complex that once housed several hundred people.

The Pueblo people carved rooms out of the soft tuff that forms the walls of the canyon. 

Linda, Arlene and Carolyn.

Found a wonderful boondocking spot on the Rio Chama for the Memorial Day Weekend. Campgrounds are full, but this is better than any campground.

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