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Bandelier National Monument
New Mexico

Taken from Bandelier National Monument from the Alcove House, which was formerly called the Ceremonial Cave. It is reached by a series of long wooden ladders (see workshop). This site, elevated 140 feet above the Frijoles Canyon, was once home to 25 Ancestral Pueblo people. Oh, and blue sky--the sun finally came out.

From the National Park Service Site: "The ancestors of modern Pueblo people built thriving communities in the area called Bandelier about 600 years ago. Several thousand Ancestral Pueblo dwellings are found among the pink mesas and sheer-walled canyons. The best-known archeological sites, in Frijoles Canyon near the Visitor Center, were inhabited from the 1100s into the mid-1500s." -

The area was designated a monument in 1916. Between 1934 and 1941 workers from the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) worked from a camp constructed in Frijoles Canyon, building the road into Frijoles Canyon, the current visitor center, a new lodge, and miles of trails. For several years during World War II the park was closed to the public and the Bandelier lodge was used to house Manhattan Project scientists and military personnel.

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