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2 national monuments reopen after NM flooding

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 20, 2013 at 1:10 pm •  Published: September 20, 2013
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two of New Mexico's popular tourist destinations are open again as many parts of the state continue to clean up after heavy rains, unruly runoff and flooding.

Officials say there's still much work to be done in the Gila National Forest in southwestern New Mexico, but the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument reopened Thursday and a few dozen visitors have already stopped by.

Monument volunteer Dave Young says the dwellings are accessible, but the visitors' center remains closed while officials inspect the safety of a bridge that leads to the building.

In northern New Mexico, rangers at Bandelier National Monument have opened Frijoles Canyon. The staff began cleaning up after flooding last weekend and continued earlier this week to clear debris off the main trail that winds through the bottom of the canyon.