Bandelier National Monument
15 Entrance Road
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., join the monument’s archeologist, Rory Gauthier, for a hike to explore Duchess Castle and the Conquistador.
Participants will visit the complex site known as Duchess Castle which contains pueblo sites occupied for over two hundred years and historic structures that once served as a school for pueblo potters.
After exploring the castle, uncover several petroglyph sites including one depicting a sword wielding horseman interpreted as an image of a Spanish conquistador.
To join this hike, meet in the Tsankawi parking lot located on N.M. 4 near White Rock.
Bring good hiking shoes, sunscreen, hat, snacks and water (2 quarts recommended.) The hike will last around two hours and participants will walk approximately 2.5 miles.
Following the hike, join us at the Bandelier Visitor Center at 1 p.m. to dedicate two bronze plaques for our namesake Adolph Bandelier.
Bandelier was a historian and anthropologist who first visited Frijoles Canyon in 1880 and conducted archeological research. The plaques were created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Bandelier’s first visit to Frijoles Canyon and the 100th anniversary of Bandelier’s birth. Snacks and refreshments will be provided at the visitor center during the dedication.
At 2 p.m., explore a series of archeological sites located on Campground Mesa. Participants will visit a number of field house sites that were once used as shelters for pueblo farmers and village sites occupied more than 800 years ago.
Meet at the amphitheater parking lot located in Juniper Campground. The hike will last around two hours and participants will walk approximately 1 mile.
Bring good hiking shoes, sunscreen, hat, snacks and water.