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Bandelier reopens backcountry trails after fire
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BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT, N.M. (AP) - After a summer of fire and floods, officials at Bandelier National Monument are reopening the park's backcountry trails.

The trails will be open for hiking starting Thursday.

Park Superintendent Jason Lott says the Bandelier Wilderness is a much wilder place than it used be before the Las Conchas Fire in June and the flooding that followed.

He says the landscape is beautiful, but in a different way than before.

Flames from the fire passed through almost two-thirds of the park, and were followed by severe flash flooding in all the canyons.

Many sections of trail were severely eroded. Some were destroyed.

Lott says hikers will have to be prepared for rough conditions.

They might have to do some scrambling in certain areas.

(Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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