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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 »

Orienteering Merit Badge


Requirements Related to Bandelier

3b. Show how to take a compass bearing and follow it.

4a. Explain how a topographic map shows terrain features.

4b. Name the symbols on a topographic map.

4d. Show a topographic map with magnetic N/S lines.

4f. Orient a topographic map with a compass.

5. Set up a 100 meter pace course and use it.

7a. take part in 3 orienteering events.

89a. Set up a cross country course that is at least 200 meters long.

Available Resources

The Bandelier backcountry or the area around Ponderosa Group Campground would be ideal for orienteering events. A permit is requires for backcountry camping. Permits are free and available at the Visitor Center and are free. Camping at Ponderosa Group Campground requires a reservation and there is a fee. Reservations may be made at the Group Reservation office – (505) 672-3681 x533.

Did You Know?

Dog Petroglyph from Long House

The Ancestral Pueblo people carved petroglyphs into the soft tuff rock above many of the dwellings built along the cliffs.