After that hike we camped at Cochiti Lake campground where a lovely couple from Michigan, approached us. "Are you by any chance The Frugal Shunpikers? We've been following your guides." Joe and Robin just retired and spent the winter RVing through Texas and New Mexico. We had a great visit that continued in the morning when...
Natural erosion creates a Swiss-cheese effect of small caves in the steep rock walls of Bandelier's Frijoles Canyon. The ancestral Cochiti people used the existing caves as a base, then carved the soft sandstone, enlarged the openings, and added structures onto them to create their villages.
In a separate section of Bandelier National Park, Tsankawi, we hiked my favorite trail. Here we are literally walking in the footsteps of the Ancestral Puelbo People - on the exact trail cut into the soft sandstone by their feet. Over time, in places the trail has been worn down to be hip-deep.
Between visiting these two parks, we drove the Jemez Mountains scenic route. The weather was less-than-perfect - cold and rainy on and off - but we enjoyed the drive (we had done it once before) and the weather gave us an excuse for some "down time".
We are starting to plot our trip home and will be heading northeast soon. About this time on any extended trip I start to get homesick. I look forward to our reunion with family and friends but parks like Kasha-Katuwe and Bandelier remind us why we are here. Hiking their trails keeps the adventure in high gear.
Days on the road on current trip: 115
Total camping costs to date: $165.00
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Kasha-Katuwe is Bureau of Land Management
Hi. Kasha-Katuwe National Monument is managed by the Bureau of Land Management, not the National Park Service.
I didn't think there were any national parks that haven't at least heard of, but this is a new one to me. Bandelier has been on my list for awhile but …
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