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For almost a century, Bandelier National Monument has been a place of natural and man-made wonders, where visitors walk narrow trails through deep canyons and traverse mesas to marvel at vistas of the Pajarito Plateau or the ruins of abandoned pueblos. For more than 30 years, such experiences have been enhanced by a guidebook written by veteran hiker and historian Dorothy Hoard.
In 1977, Hoard authored “A Hiker’s Guide to Bandelier National Monument,” which soon evolved into an expanded version called “A Guide to Bandelier.” Published by the Los Alamos Historical Society, this popular book has just been released in a beautifully updated fourth edition that includes almost all new photographs and illustrations.
Hoard has been hiking the trails and backcountry of Bandelier since 1963 and has become a noted authority on the history of the park. By reading her guide book along the way, a hiker has an unseen but welcomed companion explaining the scenery, telling stories of the former occupants of the dwellings, and teaching the names of birds or the species of plants encountered.
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