Bandelier National Monument Tsankawi Village Trail Guide


The Tsankawi Village Trail Guide, published by WNPA, offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of the Ancestral Tewa Pueblo people who lived in the village six hundred years ago. The guide goes into detail on the 1.5-mile-long trail’s artifacts, pottery, and plants, which the Ancestral Pueblo depended on for food, medicine, dyes, spices, and tools, and on the important role that the site continues to play in the spiritual lives and traditions of the San Ildefonso Pueblo people.

The Tsankawi Village is a small part of the nearly 34,000-acre Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos, New Mexico. It contains 275 ground-floor rooms, which were once two stories high, and petroglyphs—drawings carved into rock walls—that some experts now consider a language unto itself.

This guide describes the breathtaking views from the mesa-top of mountain ranges in every direction and the Rio Grande, hearty plant life that sustained the Puebloan lifestyle, and the remnants of their crafts and lodgings that supported their existence along this ancient trail.

  • ISBN-13: 978-1-583691-97-7
  • Genre: trail guide
  • Format: paperback
  • Trim: 4 1/4" x 6 1/2"
  • Page count: 14 pages
  • Published by Western National Parks Association in 2015
  • Written by National Park Service staff at Bandelier National Monument
  • Audience: adult
  • Made in the United States
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