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Bandelier Waterfall Hike

It’s spring and that means the record snow fall is melting. A wet spring and the melting snow means the rivers and creek are raging. A perfect time to hike the Bandelier National Monument Falls Trail. Sunday was a sunny day. Not too warm and not cool. In short, just right for a hike.

I had heard from a guest on a Historic Tour that the Bandelier Fall were raging. Last year I twice tried to hike to the falls. The first attempt was stopped by rain and lighting. It’s not a good idea to be hiking in Frijoles canyon with heavy rain in the mountains behind you. Evidence of flash floods are plainly visible. The second attempt was frustrated by a lack of water. Frijoles Creek was almost dry so there was no point in hiking to the falls.

This trip the water was roaring over the falls. First and 80 foot drop followed by a 40 foot drop. Quite a spectacular sight! On the hike back the cool waters looks so inviting I just had to take off my boots and dip my toes in the cool refreshing waters.

Bandelier National Monument is just one of the many delights that are only 30 minutes from Santa Fe. It’s just one of the items that make this city a great place to live or visit.