We traveled north of Santa Fe today to visit Bandelier National Monument, “over 33,000 acres of rugged but beautiful canyon and mesa country as well as evidence of a human presence here going back over 11,000 years.”

In addition to the wealth of natural beauty the park holds, it also boasts a rich history, much of which is evidenced to this day by way of ancient ruins, cliffside dwellings, and petroglyphs carved into the soft, sandstone-like volcanic tuff.

We took this shot from Alcove House, a ceremonial cave reached by climbing 140 feet worth of stone stairs and steep wooden ladders that was once home to 25 Ancestral Pueblo people.

Click the image to zoom in; you can see more images from our trip on our Instagram feed.