• NNML 2019 Day 3, June 12, Wednesday
  • Start Twelve Hundred Well, mile 19
  • End mile 32, West Alamo Rim Trail
  • Miles walked: 3 miles to car, then after transport to Bandelier National Monument visitor center, 8 miles on Burro Trail south to Rio Grande ford at mile 28, then north along West Alamo Rim Trail to mile 32.

Google Maps said we could drive up to my campsite at 1200 Well, but never trust that website on dirt roads. Cairn and I pre-arranged a meeting spot a few miles away near a mine and better road– good thing too, the proposed route was sometimes non-existent. Cairn drives me to White Rock, where I get the shuttle in to Bandelier National Monument.Like larger national parks, Bandelier no longer allows most cars to drive within the monument during summer months.How did we allow our young children to climb these ladders 140 feet to the highest dwellings?After touring the cliff dwellings, I climb up switchbacks and head south. The trail is along flat narrow ridge with glorious views on both sides.The trail meets the Rio Grande, where my hike was so rudely interrupted yesterday by high water.On the way north, now back on the official NNML route, the rim is still rather flat, though not so narrow.I run out of daylight and energy at about the same time.

Author: Jim, Sagebrush

Jim (trail-name Sagebrush) codes audio software for Windows, Linux, Android, and embedded systems. When not working at, he enjoys backpacking, which this blog is about.

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