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Bandelier National Monument

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On June 11th we spent a few hours at a place in Northern New Mexico that I’d visited only once before, way back in 1981: Bandelier National Monument. Below is a closer view of some of the Swiss-cheese-like rocks that make the site holey.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

August 11, 2017 at 4:52 AM

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  1. I’ve not been to Bandelier, and until today I’d not heard of A.F. Bandelier, but I’ve traveled the area just north of there: Trampas, Chimayo, Abiquiu, Chama. In fact, I have a rock from the cliffs near Abiquiu. That’s one area of the country I often think I’d like to revisit.

    Is there any etymological connection between Bandelier and bandolier? Given that Bandelier was Swiss, and that bandolier has a French connection, I’m thinking there might be, but I can’t quite figure it out.


    August 11, 2017 at 7:39 AM

    • That second photo is a bit spooky. The holes so often appear paired, they give the appearance of eye sockets. Perhaps it’s the past, staring out at us.


      August 11, 2017 at 7:43 AM

      • I hadn’t paid attention to the pairing till your comment. One pair in particular, about a quarter of the way out from the bottom right corner, now gets my attention every time I look at the picture.

        Steve Schwartzman

        August 11, 2017 at 8:24 AM

        • That’s the pair that caught my attention first. To be honest, the images that came to mind were of the Cambodian killing fields, with their piles of skulls.


          August 11, 2017 at 4:05 PM

          • That’s a sad association. The names change (Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao Zedong, Pol Pot, Kim Jong Un, the Taliban, ISIS,…) but the killing continues.

            Steve Schwartzman

            August 11, 2017 at 4:19 PM

    • I’m assuming you went to Abiquiú because of Georgia O’Keeffe. I’ve not been there, but a long time ago I spent a week or two in Chimayó. The area is well worth revisiting; I hope you make it back.

      With a proper name like Bandelier it can be hard to track down its origins. It certainly seems to be related to bandolier, which the article at


      notes came into English from French, which got it from Spanish, which formed it on the basis of a Germanic word.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 11, 2017 at 8:22 AM

      • O’Keeffe was the reason, although I didn’t visit any of the sites associated with her, apart from the mountains. It’s a good thing my memories are so vivid, because I didn’t own a camera at the time.


        August 11, 2017 at 4:10 PM

        • That’s a good reason to return now. You’ll have more than your memories of the places you visit.

          Steve Schwartzman

          August 11, 2017 at 4:21 PM

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