Access by Shuttle Bus Only
Starting May 24, 2013 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 »
Alcove House To Close
Alcove House, with its 140 ft climb on stairs and ladders, will be closed to all visitor access from June 10 to August 22, 2013 while important stabalization work is done on the Alcove House kiva. More »
Photo by Sally King
Within Bandelier's 33,000 acres there are over 70 miles of trail. Some trails are short easy loops while others can encompasses many miles and steep rocky switchbacks. There are even two trails designated for cross-country skiing in the winter. Longer trails often involve hiking more than 10 miles round-trip. Wilderness permits are available at the visitor center for overnight stays in the park's backcountry. Water is not readily available on most backcountry trails. Check at the visitor center for details.
Stock animals are allowed on some trails (day use only) with a permit available at the visitor center. Pets are not permitted on any park trails.
Did You Know?
The Ancestral Pueblo people made blankets from wet turkey feathers twisted into yucca twine. Turkeys and dogs were the two domesticated animals that lived side by side with the Ancestral Pueblo people.