New Mexico: Bandelier opens Alcove House site

 
 
Bandelier National Monument
Bandelier National Monument
GERRY VOLGENAU / MCT File

One of the most popular sites at Bandelier National Monument has reopened. Accessible only by a series wooden ladders and steep stone steps, the kiva at the Alcove House site is located at the edge of a niche some 14 stories above the canyon floor. The site was closed in April due to concerns over structural stability of the kiva. The walls of the structure had loosened and there were other signs of severe erosion. Although the kiva itself will remain closed, park officials said visitors will be able to climb the ladders that lead to the site and take in the view from 140 feet above the canyon floor.

Details: www.nps.gov/band/.

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