• Long House in Frijoles Canyon


    National Monument New Mexico

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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?


Ancestral Pueblo people traded items such as fine quality obsidian and pottery from this area for items such as macaws, copper bells, and seashells from distant lands.