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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 »

Camping Merit Badge

Requirements Related to Bandelier

6b. Water treatment

6c. Pitch tent

8a. Use of a liquid fuel stove

8d. Cook breakfast, lunch and dinner for patrol

9a. Camp 20 days and 20 nights

9b(1). Hike uphill gaining at least 1,000 feet of elevation

9b(2). Backpack at least 4 miles

9b(5). Plan and carryout an overnight snow camping experience

9c.Perform a conservation project while camping

Available Resources

Bandelier has 70+ miles of hiking trails and thousands of acres available for camping. Two canyons normally have treatable water in their streams. Open fires are not allowed, but backpack stoves (liquid fuel) are. A Backcountry permit is required and available at the Visitor Center at no cost. Be prepared to outline your itinerary to the ranger who writes your permit. You must carry a topographical map and know how to use it. Other restrictions may apply and detailed information is available at the Visitor Center (505-672-3861 x517).

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Scorpionweed blooms

Scorpionweed gets its name from the shape of the flowers, which unfold like a scorpion's tail as they prepare to bloom.