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.

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Features

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Shuttle & Visiting Bandelier Summer/Fall 2015

Planning to visit Bandelier in summer/fall of 2015? To make the best of your planning efforts click here to find out what's happening when you visit.

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Zuni dancers

Bandelier's Fall Fiesta 2015

This year's annual Bandelier Fall Fiesta will be held on Sunday, September 19th from 11 AM - 3 PM near the park visitor center.

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solar glasses provided

Night Sky Fiesta September 10, 11, 12

Three days of celebrating our beautiful dark skies. Guest speakers, special hikes, and giant telescopes. Astronomy activities every day!

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Multi Use Path

Multi Use Path

The multi-use path would create a 30-mile loop of mixed off-road & road shoulder available for walking, biking, cross-country skiing, & marathons.

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Abert's Squirrel

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.

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American Pika

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.

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bull elk in Bandelier

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.

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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.

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using a dendroband to measure a tree

Watching Trees Grow

There's a new resource management blog to check out. It's amazing what scientists can learn just by watching trees shrink and expand.

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