Bandelier National Monument

A little north and west from Santa Fe you can find the 33,000 acre Bandelier National Monument (pics).  Here on the Pajarito Plateau can be found evidence of human occupation dating back over 10,000 years.  Volcanic eruptions from 1.5 million years ago sent 1,000 feet thick layers of ash across the landscape.  As the ash cooled, it welded into a relatively soft rock called tuff.

Bandelier National Monument

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