Cliff and Cave Dwellings

The cliffs are volcanic lava that had trapped gases causing thousands of caves revealed by natural erosion over thousands of years.  The native Americans of this area migrated into the canyons and occupied the caves and built adobe dwellings (center-right above) to take advantage of the natural protection from enemy invasion afforded by the landscape.  Bandelier National Monument, near Santa Fe New Mexico.

A reminder, nearly 200 photos with slideshow from our New Mexico trip are available on my Zenfolio site by clicking here.

EdC.

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