10 top national monuments in the West
Bandelier National Monument, NM
Bandelier has been entrancing people for nearly 1000 years—from when the Ancestral Pueblo people first began building homes in the cliffs of Frijoles Canyon.
They’re easily seen on the monument’s Main Loop Trail; more ruins can be glimpsed in Tsankawi Canyon to the north.
But archeology isn’t the only reason to come here—the monument is stunningly beautiful, with dramatic mesas and broad views across Northern New Mexico. All this only a 45-minute drive from Santa Fe. More