Access by Shuttle Bus Only
Through October 27, 2014 all access to the most visited part of the park, Frijoles Canyon, will be via a mandatory shuttle bus from the nearby community of White Rock from 9 AM - 3 PM daily. Private cars may drive in before 9 AM or after 3 PM. More »
Be A Junior Ranger
To participate in this on-site program, the prospective Junior Ranger picks up a worksheet at the Visitor Center and fills in the questions while visiting the park. Upon returning to the Visitor Center, a ranger will go over the work with the candidate. Successful candidates receive a Bandelier Junior Ranger patch and our hearty congratulations. No charge; year-round; on-site only.
The Junior Ranger program also includes an opportunity for Deputy Rangers - adults! (that is, anyone above 7th grade -c'mon Mom and Dad, don't be shy!) It also consists of a worksheet, rewarded by a patch (and congratulations!)
AND - the National Park Service has instituted a web-based program called Webrangers. Find out more about this program at www.nps.gov/webrangers.
photo by sally king
Pick up a free ranger booklet at the visitor center when you visit.
The new patches have arrived. If you complete these booklets now, you will receive the new patches for each age group.
Be sure to stop by the visitor center and pick up your supplies before starting your junior ranger adventure.
Did You Know?
A drink that tastes a lot like lemonade can be made from the berries of the Three-leaf Sumac. From this, the bush gets its common name, the Lemonade Bush.