Ancient Trails at Tsankawi

entrance sign
A short distance from the main part of Bandelier National Monument, an area on the top of a mesa that was once inhabited by the Ancestral Tewa Pueblo people, has an interpretative trail that lets visitors view petroglyphs, cave dwellings and other ruins that have been excavated here.  One of the most interesting features is the part of the trail that has been worn into the rock by generations of pueblo people as they passed back and forth from their mesa-top homes to the fields and springs in the canyon below.  You are literally walking in the footsteps of the people who lived here hundreds of years ago.

trail map
Map showing trail as it wraps around mesa and ascends wooden ladders.
Looking behind at part of the trail ascending the mesa.


At the eastern edge of the mesa.


Stopping to consult the interpretative guide.


One of the pathways worn into the rock.


Ascending one of the ladders.


On top of the mesa. Storm clouds to the north threatened, but we only felt a couple of drops.


The steps turned out to be easier than the ladder.


Author: bjregan

Enjoying retirement activities. Main goals for retirement are to stay spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally healthy.

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