favorite site in Albuquerque was the ruins of the ancient cliff
dwellings located within Bandelier National Monument, named for
the man who "discovered" the site in 1880.
ancestral Pueblo Anasazi people lived and thrived here for 400 years
starting in about 1100 and raised several crops nourished by the
permanent stream, El Rito de los Frijoles, until they apparently
exhausted the natural resources.
grounds were quite beautiful with the massive cliffs sloping to
gently flowing water, the air freshly scented by huge ponderosa
pine trees so unlike what you think you'd ever see in New Mexico,
unique wildlife and wildly beautiful birds.