Park designated in 1916 to preserve ancestral pueblo life, as well as wilderness, is one more victim of the Las Conchas fire.
By Kate Schwab, 7-28-11
Pueblo village site, Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico, 1996. Photo by Flickr user PhillipC.
Most of Bandelier National Monument is slated to remain closed “for the foreseeable future” because of wildfire damage, according to the National Park Service.
About half of the New Mexico park, home to ancestral pueblo remains dating back to 1150, was destroyed by the Las Conchas Fire, the park’s web page reports. Because officials expect seasonal thunderstorms, the rest of the park will stay closed because of flash flooding danger. Frijoles Canyon, which includes the visitor center, is considered one of the most hazardous locations. The visitor center is closed.