We headed toward mountains, not difficult to do. Note plenty of snow.
We crossed the Río Grande. Note plenty of water aka snow melt.
We stopped at an overlook to see the canyon of the Rito de los Frijoles, aka Bandelier National Monument,
The main community on the flats is Tyuonyi, extensively excavated between 1909 and 1912, including 242 rooms. I cringe at the thought of the data that was destroyed and discarded. These walls are reconstructions.
This is Long House, which extends along the base of this wall for quite some distance. In some places the rooms were three deep. The rows of holes were the sockets for roof beams, called visas.
If you look very closely on the slope above the model, you will see walkways, stairs, and ladders that reach the big cave, aka Alcove House, just to the right of center and far above the model’s left shoulder.
This view makes the “trail” look more vertiginous than it is. If you visit, remember that ladders are easier to go up than to descend, IMHO.
The view from Alcove House. I was so lucky to be there by myself for about five minutes.
Back on the return trail along the creek, note the good flow of water and the logjam. We counted at least five big logjams, and all new foot bridges across the creek. The rangers were too busy for me to ask when the storm was that brought down the many trees and washed them downstream.
On the way back, we stopped at the Tesuque Village Market, which is indeed a market, but also a restaurant and bakery. We indulged in their key lime pie…lovely, just the right tartness.
We returned to Santa Fé on the Old Spanish Trail, which is winding and scenic. I find these fences particularly picturesque.