Bandelier Hosts Sunrise And Sunset Walks Friday For Winter Solstice

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Bandelier National Monument is hosting two walks for Friday’s Winter Solstice. Photo by Kevin Doxstater


Winter Solstice, December 21, the shortest day of the year and the point on the calendar when the days begin to lengthen again, there are 2 special alignments that happen in Tyuonyi Pueblo.

The Sunrise Walk meets at 7:00 a.m. in front of the Visitor Center, and the Sunset Walk meets on the back porch at 1:30 PM.

The times are a reminder that sunrise and sunset happen at different times in the bottom of the 400-foot-deep canyon than they do in the wide open landscapes on the mesa tops.

No signups are required for these walks, but participants should be sure to dress warmly. If the sky is overcast, the walks will be held the following day.