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Canyon De Chelly National Monument

Canyon de Chelly National Monument The Canyon de Chelly National Monument consists of 131 sq. miles of well-preserved Anasazi ruins and spectacular sheer red cliffs that rise up to 1000 feet. A trip to the monument offers visitors a chance to learn about the people who lived there in ancient days as well as those who live in the canyon today.

The Anasazi - "Ancient Ones" - lived in the canyon between 350 and 1300 AD and resided in communities nestled below the towering cliffs or perched on high ledges. Their homes were engineered using timbers and adobe-style bricks. The most impressive structures are large cliff dwellings, built between 1100 and 1300 in the Pueblo period.

 


On the way to Canyon de Chelly

On the South Rim Drive

Tsegi Overlook

 

Top of White House Overlook

Spider Rock

 

Face Rock

Sliding House Overlook

Spider Rock  II - 800' High

View from the Rim

Natural cave homes

Site of Navaho White Conflict

Ruins of Ancient Village

Twy Kini  - House Underneath

Canyon Valley - Dry Riverbed

In the distance

Shootin' Cliffs

Natural pools in Sandstone basins

Red rim at overlook

A long way to the bottom

Santa Fe New Mexico

The city is well-known as a center for arts that reflect the multicultural character of the city and is generally considered to be the second largest art center in the United States after New York City. Over the decades the artists have captured on canvas and in other media the natural beauty of the landscape, the flora and the fauna. One of the most well-known New Mexico–based artists was Georgia O'Keeffe, who lived for a time in Santa Fe, but primarily in Abiquiu, a small village about 50 miles (80 km) away.

Canyon Road, east of the Plaza, has the highest concentration of art galleries in the city and is a major destination for international collectors, tourists and locals showcasing a wide array of contemporary, Southwestern, indigenous American, and experimental art, in addition to Russian, Taos Masters, and Native American pieces.


Our Hotel

Hallway outside our room

Hotel indoor waterfall

In the lobby

Aliana Reflections

Santa Fe Plaza

Sculpture Garden

Street sculpture

Church main aisle

Interior art

Striking Stained Glass

Starving artists

Flowers everywhere

Bottom of Canyon Drive - Gallery Row

Mark White Kinetic Sculpture

Classic architecture

Sidewalk Sculpture

La Fonda Hotel & Restaurant

Burro Alley

Street Sculpture

Mike like Red Paintings

Tiny blocks of silk woven together

Wall fountain

Corner Store

American Indian Art

Sculpture in relief

Massive Cottonwood Tree

Up in the branches

Animals with Style

Canyon Rd Garden

St. Francis Cathedral

Main St. View

Fountains are fun!

Bright colors in gallery

Jean-Claude Gaugy Gallery

Aliana - "Boo!"

 

Bandelier - Cliff Dwellings

Bandelier National Monument is a 33,677 acres National Monument preserving the homes of the Ancestral Pueblo People. It is named after Swiss anthropologist Adolph Bandelier, who researched the cultures of the area. The main attraction of the monument for the casual visitor is Frijoles Canyon, containing a number of ancestral pueblo homes, kivas (ceremonial structures), rock paintings and petroglyphs. Some of the dwellings were rock structures built on the canyon floor; others were "cavates" produced by voids in the volcanic tuff of the canyon wall and carved out further by humans.


On the Road to Bandelier

Holes in Cliffs were Homes

Natural Shelters

High-Rise dwelling

Alfredo & Aliana at Cavate Entrance

Housing Inspector

Unusual Rock - Lizard Guard


Ladder to Cliff Dwelling

Smiles!

The Valley Floor and Trail

Jackie and Kimbra on the Trail

Enjoying the view

Volcanic tuff formations

Cave room with ready windows

Taking a little break

Along the Road

Tyuonyi pueblo ruins

Decoration and holes for vigas

 

Madrid - Art Village

Madrid (population 149 at the 2000 census) has become an artists community with galleries lining Route 14 (the Turquoise Trail). It still has remnants of its past with the Mineshaft Tavern and the Coal Mine Museum. The ending of the 2007 film Wild Hogs was set and filmed in the town.


Welcome Wagon?

Bikers' Gift Shop

Potential Customer?

Still room for mail

Roadside cemetery

Galleries abound

Sculpture Garden

Doorway to more sculpture

Main Street

Individualist

Main Street House - w-TV

Window detail

Native art

Housepaint Ad

And Potpourri

Kids reading

 

Taos - Pueblo

Taos Pueblo (or Pueblo de Taos) is an ancient pueblo belonging to a Taos (Northern Tiwa) speaking Native American tribe of Pueblo people. It is approximately 1000 years old and is considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited community in the US.  The Red Willow Creek, or Rio Pueblo de Taos, is a small stream which flows through the middle of the pueblo from its source in the Sangre de Cristo Range. A reservation of 95,000 acres (384 km˛) is attached to the pueblo, and about 1,900 people live in this area. Taos Pueblo's most prominent architectural feature is a multi-storied residential complex of reddish-brown adobe divided into two parts by the Rio Pueblo.


Enroute to Taos on the High Road

Beginning Fall Color

Colorful Vista

Striking Contrast

Taos Cemetery

Typical Housing

Public Square

Home ovens to bake bread

Dwelling with Firewood

Innovative multi-levels

Well-dressed Westerner

Stream provides pueblo's water

Fry bread

Taos Church

Entance to Church Yard

A Stream runs through it

The Road Home

Rio Grande near Espanola

Along the way

Memorials are everywhere