Access by Shuttle Bus Only
Starting May 24, 2013 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 »
Alcove House Closed
Alcove House, with its 140 ft climb on stairs and ladders, is closed to all visitor access from June 10 to August 22, 2013 while important stabalization work is done on the Alcove House kiva. More »
Fire Restrictions in Place
Due to high fire danger, starting June 5, 2013, smoking will be allowed only in designated areas. No open fires will be allowed anywhere in the park. Self-contained stoves only at the campground or backcountry camping. No fireworks.
An Open Book of Human History
Bandelier National Monument protects over 33,000 acres of rugged but beautiful canyon and mesa country as well as evidence of a human presence here going back over 11,000 years. Petroglyphs, dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs, and standing masonry walls pay tribute to the early days of a culture that still survives in the surrounding communities.Read More
Visiting Bandelier - Summer 2013
If you are planning to visit Bandelier National Monument between May 24 and mid-October 2013, you might find this page helpful.Read More
Intro to Backpacking Course Offered
Want to explore the many backcountry trails at Bandelier but not sure how to do it safely? This course may be just for you!Read More
Did I Hear You Say Big Ears?
Abert's Squirrel are best distinguished by their tufted or tasseled ears, but that is not the only thing that is unique about them.Read More
Recovery from the 2011 Las Conchas Fire
Almost 2 years after the record-breaking fire we are documenting recovery in the burned areas.Read More
The Effects of Las Conchas Fire
On June 26, 2011 the Las Conchas Fire began just west of the park. It grew into the largest fire in New Mexico history and burned >60% of the park.Read More
A Post Fire Hike In Frijoles Canyon
Frijoles Canyon after the 2011 fire/floods is much different than in the past. A photographic look shows the impacts/rebirth/continuing flood danger.Read More
American Pika: At Bandelier?
You might not expect to find this cute little relative of the rabbit in Bandelier but they are found in the park's highest elevations.Read More
Too Smart For Their Own Good?
Not everyone likes coyotes but they play an important role in our food chain, keeping rodents populations in check and highways cleared of roadkill.Read More
Elk - Good for Bandelier?
Prehistoric elk populations in Bandelier were small. Today's elk were reintroduced in the 1960's and may be doing too well.Read More
Did You Know?
The Valles Caldera is the collapsed summit of the Jemez Volcano which erupted over 1 million years ago. Ash from this volcano formed the volcanic tuff from which the Ancestral Pueblo people built their homes.