A cactus, a butte and the Rio Grande. What else can you ask for in a pic?
Your patience is tested when the path is narrow and riddled with steps, plus you're stuck behind two large groups of school children. Then you hear the kids squeal "Wow! Cool!" upon entering a cave and "This would have been my room!" commandeering as they imagine living in the pueblos way back when... and then your imagination joins them. I would have LOVED to come here as a kid. So many ladders to climb, passageways to explore, and caves to hide in. Pretty ingenious culture! #cavein
We visited Bandelier National Monument today. It was stunning. Due to droughts, heat, and wind, most of the parks are closed because of forest fire warnings. It was an awesome hike with some steep cliffs, but the view was incredible. It was amazing to see the thousands year old masonry walls still standing from the ancestral Pueblo people. If you get a chance, come visit! #bandeliernationalmonument #freytrail #nps #history #letsexplore #getoutdoors #nature
The Hungo Pavi great house ruins at @chaco_culture_nhp
aren't the largest, nor are they the most impressive, but they're some of the first you'll come upon during your visit to this incredible park and serve as an appropriate introduction to the mystery and wonder left behind by the Ancestral Puebloans -- one of the most advanced and intriguing civilizations in North America.
Hungo Pavi is one of the few Chacoan buildings to remain unexcevated -- and only has a few sections of reinforcement for stability's sake. So when you're hiking up to this 150-room site, you're basically having the same view the Navajo people had when they moved into the region hundreds of years ago, or the U.S. Army did when they stumbled upon it in 1849.
We'll have more incoming hikes from Chaco soon, but enjoy this taste on modernhiker.com or by clicking the link in the bio. You can find Ancestral Puebloan sites all over the Western U.S., including @mesaverdenps
, and many others. .
While these sites haven't been inhabited for hundreds of years, they are all still of spiritual and cultural importance to modern indigenous nations in the region, many of whom are descended from the original inhabitants of these incredible structures. Please treat them with respect and reverence.
#modernhiker #hiking #outdoors #newmexico #ancestralpuebloans #ruins #history #neverstopexploring #optoutside #findyourpark #newmexicotrue
These pictographs along the canyon walls are amazing. These ancient dwellings were beautifully designed and decorated.
Multiple views of smoke from the San Antonio fire which started by lighting last Thursday in Valles Caldera 🔥⚡️ First pictures from Los Alamos where it’s basically just over the ridge, then from within Bandelier National Monument you can see just how far a distance the smoke can be seen from. As of yesterday the stat was t having burned up to ~ 450 acres; Saturday a little rain helped out 🌧
Peeking through a window of one of the cliff dwellings of Bandelier National Monument.
We loved Bandelier National Monument. It was great fun!
Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;
and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.