A visit to this State Monument was a wonderful experience for us because of our docent, Brian. He gave us a solo tour of the painted kiva. His passion was evident, and going down the ladder into the kiva was a trip back in time.
I recommend a visit to the murals first. A short tour of the info boards and display in the main building can give a basic history lesson to young visitors, and is important for generating a real appreciation of the site.
The murals are the only of its kind available for public view. The painted kiva is a reproduction of what was found by archaeologists in the 1930's. It was reproduced by a native artist who was ostracized by his clan for "sharing too much".
The fee is nominal, and the volunteers/park staff deserve kudos. We met another volunteer on our walk to the Rio Grande (beautiful) who was cutting branches of cottonwood? which was used as roof thatch. The gift shop is also run by volunteers.
The one thing we think could be easily added is food & drink. A single cooler with small selection of drinks, fruit, sandwiches would be enough. There are picnic areas that lend itself to relaxing and taking in the view of the river, and surrounding area. That being said, pack a lunch and hang out.
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