We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones. – Jules Verne
Just ten miles from Los Alamos, New Mexico sits Bandelier Wilderness. An impressive history rich in geologic activity and Ancestral Puebloan culture surrounds this Pajarito Plateau locale. In your Bandelier hikes you’ll travel on the ruin of the ancient Jemez volcano that produced one of the most immense series of eruptions ever recorded.
You’ll begin this majestic loop in the Cañon de los Frijoles, cross over Corral Hill, and descend the steep walls of Alamo Canyon. Going south for a jaunt, you will come back up and head to Yapashi Pueblo. A very special treat awaits you. You’ll head south for a little more than a mile and turn north up Capulin Canyon. A sharp ascent will bring you back up and over, just long enough to prepare for another descent into Alamo Canyon further north. Going over Mesa del Rito, you’ll drop into Cañon de los Frijoles where you’ll turn southeast and culminate the trek where you began. The finale is grand indeed and while the whole trek is worth every step, its ending is icing on the cake.
The Ancestral Puebloan presence here is quite unique in that much of the dwellings were carved into the volcanic tuff, and during our Bandelier hikes we’ll see plenty of this evidence along side subterranean kivas and their surrounding units. Not only do we see signs of Puebloan life during the PIV period, but there are locations in Bandelier that tell of human presence before with mesa top structures and later with paintings strongly tied to Spanish influence.
TREK: Customizable ~ 3 days, 18 Miles
WHEN: Spring and Autumn 2016 – Contact us for availability
RIGS: My Gear $175/day/person
P&C Gear $215/day/person
Fully Supported $255/day/person
DISCOUNT: 20% off subsequent trekkers of the same rig option