Tour #11: Bandelier National Monument

Wednesday, June 26, 7:45 AM – 4:15 PM Tour Price: $59

Bandelier National Monument protects over 33,000 acres of rugged but beautiful canyon and mesa country as well as evidence of a human presence here going back over 11,000 years. Enjoy this ranger-guided tour of the Petroglyphs and Cliff Dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs and standing masonry walls. This national monument pays tribute to the early days of a culture that still survives in the surrounding communities. Part of one trail is accessible by wheelchair. You will have lunch on your own in White Rock. Return to Albuquerque by bus.




Ancestral Pueblo People

Life in Bandelier

The Ancestral Pueblo people lived here from approximately 1150 AD to 1550 AD. They built homes carved from the volcanic tuff and planted crops in mesatop fields. Corn, beans, and squash were central to their diet, supplemented by native plants and meat from deer, rabbit, and squirrel. Domesticated turkeys were used for both their feathers and meat while dogs assisted in hunting and provided companionship.

Moving On

By 1550, the Ancestral Pueblo people had moved from this area to pueblos along the Rio Grande. After over 400 years the land here could no longer support the people and a severe drought added to what were already becoming difficult times. Oral traditions tell us where the people went and who their descendents are. The people of Cochiti Pueblo, located just south and east along the Rio Grande, are the most direct descendents of the Ancestral Pueblo people who built homes in Frijoles Canyon. Likewise, San Ildefonso is most closely linked to Tsankawi.

Bandelier National Monument website

One-way Driving time:  1½ hours.

Tour includes:  Round-trip motor coach transportation, fees, taxes and gratuity.  

Special Wear:  None

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