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After 14 months, Tsankawi Unit at Bandelier National Monument reopens

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – After being closed for more than a year, a popular section at the Bandelier National Monument is open again.

The Tsankawi Unit has completed upgrades like re-routed trails, including one that went through the San Ildefonso Pueblo and a gated parking lot. That area was shut down 14 months ago because an NMDOT project affected parking lot access.

The National Park Service also worked with the Pueblo on new signs. They said it’s a sacred spot that needs to be protected.

Superintendent Patrick Suddath explained that previously, people hadn’t been staying on trails or were picking up artifacts.

“We are pleased to officially welcome everybody back to Tsankawi. This is a very sacred and special place to our tribal partners at the Pueblo of San Ildefonso. We hope that everyone visits respectfully and comes away with a sense of its cultural and spiritual importance,” said Suddath.

The renovated area is currently open every day from 9 to 5. The Park Service plans to extend those hours this summer

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