• Long House in autumn


    National Monument New Mexico

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  • 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 »



During the warm days of autumn, tarantulas are often seen crossing the trail.

NPS Photo by Sally King

With Bandelier's wide range of ecosystems it is the perfect home to a variety of wildlife. Mule deer, Abert's squirrels, lizards, and a number of bird species are the most commonly encountered animals on a visit to the park. Some birds make Bandelier their year-round home while some are seasonal and others only migrate through the park.

When visiting, don't forget, these animals call this place home. Don't harass them and please refrain from feeding them. Many are very photogenic and don't mind having their picture taken. However, never approach too close to wildlife. Even the most timid animal can bite if it feels threatened.



To see an up-to-date list of mammals found in the park, click here.
To see a current list of Bandelier butterflies, click here.
To see the bird list for Bandelier for 2014, click here.

Did You Know?

Queen butterfly

Queen butterflies are often mistaken for Monarchs because they look so much alike. This is beneficial to the Queen, who is avoided by predators who fear this look-alike may be as toxic as the Monarch.