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 »
Use of Saddle and Pack Stock
Photo by Dale Coker
CURRENTLY NUMEROUS DOWNED TREES ON PARK BACKCOUNTRY TRAILS HAS LEFT THEM INACCESSIBLE TO PACK STOCK. NO PERMITS WILL BE ISSUED FOR STOCK UNTIL THIS SITUATION IS REMEDIED.
Saddle and pack stock are permitted on some Bandelier trails (click on link at bottom of page for map showing trails that allow stock). A free permit is required and may be obtained at the visitor center in person during operating hours (except the last 20 minutes of the day). Stock are allowed for day-use only, no overnight stays. Pets are NOT allowed to accompany stock. Maximum stock group is six animals. No more than two groups with stock animals will be allowed in the park at one time. No grazing is permitted within the monument. All trash must be packed out.
At this time there are no commercial operators with permits to bring stock into the park. All stock use will be people with their personal stock animals.
Printable map (PDF) of park showing trails that can be used by stock animals.
Did You Know?
Frijoles Creek drops approximately 80 feet over the Upper Falls. The falls occur where the waters of Frijoles Creek hit the more resistant, dense basalt rock from the neck of an ancient volcano.