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
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).
Did You Know?
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.