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    Bandelier

    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 »

Mammals

mule deer buck and doe

Mule deer can be found in all parts of the park and frequently can be seen on the Main Loop Trail.

NPS Photo by Sally King

Bandelier National Monument is home to over 55 species of mammals including sixteen species of bats, mule deer, Abert's squirrels, and mountain lions. Other mammals such as Bighorn sheep and Grizzly bear used to roam the park's canyons and mesas but were eradicated by human activities.
 
elk cow
In winter, it is not uncommon to see elk herds in the area and along the park entrance road.
NPS Photo by Sally King
 

Did You Know?

Mule Deer Fawn

Mule deer fawns only keep their spots for the first several months of life. These spots provide camouflage for the young animals when their mothers must leave them to feed.