• Bandelier Short-horned Lizard


    National Monument New Mexico

Picnicking in Bandelier

Abert's squirrel

Please don't feed the wildlife, no matter how cute they are.

Photo by Sally King

Cottonwood Picnic Area
Cottonwood Picnic Area is located just across Frijoles Creek from the visitor center in Frijoles Canyon. Situated next to the creek, the picnic area is nicely shaded. Watch for wildlife and don't feed the beggar squirrels. Each picnic spot boasts a picnic table or two, bear-proof trash bins are scattered in the area. Fires and barbeque grills are not permitted. Self-contained stoves are allowed. Pets may be in the picnic area but must be kept on a leash. Each picnic spot has a parking space, however, this area is also used for overflow parking from the main parking lot.

Juniper Campground
Juniper Campground is open to picnicking until 4:00 PM daily, after that a overnight camping fee will be charged. This area is located on the mesatop within the Pinon-Juniper woodland and can be reached by turning right at the first road past the park entrance station. Picnickers should pick a spot not already occupied by campers. Fires are permitted in the grate provided. Each campground spot has a picnic table, barbeque grill, and a parking space.

Did You Know?


Katydids are often called leaf hoppers. Their wings and body look like vegetation, a form of camouflage which offers this insect some protection from predators.