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Tsankawi Tree Remnants

Pajarito (little bird) Plateau NM USA

Tsankawi is a 1.5 mile trail that is a detached part of Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico, near White Rock. The hike is self-guided and not difficult. But beware if you are afraid of heights. When my son and I visited, on a Tuesday, we had the whole place to ourselves. It was quiet and very peaceful.

This is a magical place with its numerous unexcavated ruins, footstep worn trail created by the ancient Indians, cliff dwellings carved out of the soft tuff, beautiful petroglyphs adorning the rocks, and the old pinion-pole ladders which adjoin one level of cliff to another. I fell instantly in love with the spirituality and otherworldliness of the place. The day we were there a storm started to roll in towards the end of our hike and turned our sunny day into one that was both eerie and beautiful at the same time. Luckily we made it back to our car before getting soaked. This hike is quite the adventure and not one you will soon forget.

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