Los Alamos Historical Society’s April Lecture: ‘Bandelier Trails: Before & After’

Dale Cocker

LAHS News:

Bandelier’s Trails Program Manager Dale Coker will present, “Bandelier Trails: Before & After” at 7:30 p.m., April 9 at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos.

Coker’s April lecture is sponsored by the Los Alamos Historical Society.

Coker will take the audience on a journey where he presents and annotates his Bandelier National Monument photo album, entertaining questions along the way. 

He will begin with a short history of the trail system in Bandelier and then talk about the effects of the Las Conchas Fire on the trails and give an update on current conditions.

About the Lecturer

Dale Coker grew up in western North Carolina, received a degree in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina in 1976, and headed out west the following year. 

He started his career as a backcountry ranger with the BLM in southeast Utah. Coker worked at Rocky Mountain National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, and Hovenweep National Monument before coming to Bandelier in 1988 as a law enforcement ranger.

He met his wife, Sabina, in the Bandelier backcountry, and their sons Lukas and Zak spent their childhood living at the park.

They moved to White Rock in 2004, and Sabina teaches Special Education at Chamisa Elementary. Coker has managed the Trails Program at Bandelier since 2011.


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