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 »
Hiking in Bandelier
Photo by Sally King
The Falls Trail is another trail that is very popular (click on the Short Trails highlight to the right). It takes you to a beautiful waterfall. Before the flash floods of 2011 the trail continued to the Lower Falls and ultimately to the Rio Grande. Flooding destroyed the trail leaving no access to the Rio Grande from Frijoles Canyon. There are no archeological sites on this trail.
Bandelier also offers opportunities for much longer hikes (click on the Long Trails highlight to the right). Permits are available for overnight stays in much of Bandelier's backcountry (click on the Backpacking highlight to the right).
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.