John drives through White Rock to nearby Bandelier National Monument. He makes you pay the park admission, but at least you get a brochure that describes the park.
Bandelier offers wildlife, Indian ruins and great hiking. It was named in honor of Adolph Bandelier, the great historian ethnologist who explored the Santa Fe area in the late 1800s.
John stops at a pullout so you can get an overview of Frijoles Canyon. A creek flows through the canyon and the trees are turning colors, offering quite a show. The park is 32,737 acres in size and you realize that you are only seeing a small portion of it. You meet up with John's friends, Ray and Patricia, and prepare for a fun hike.