A shuttle bus from White Rock to Bandelier is required between 9 AM and 3 PM in summer.
photo by sally king
Park open dawn to dusk all year
Visitor Center Hours 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Shuttle Bus Required May 23, 2015 - October 12, 2015
Visitors are required to take a shuttle bus from the White Rock visitor center to access the main visited area of Bandelier National Monument between the hours of 9 AM and 3 PM, including the visitor center, Main Loop Trail, and Falls Trail.
You may drive directly to Frijoles canyon if you meet the following exemptions:
Vehicles displaying a disability tag
Vehicles with a pet on board
If you have official park business
The shuttle bus is free but the park entrance fee can be purchased form the White Rock Visitor Center, the kiosk near the shuttle pick-up site in White Rock, or collected at the park visitor center upon arrival. See the shuttle schedule and a map to the White Rock visitor center below.
Visitors may continue to drive into this main visited area of the park before 9 AM and after 3 PM daily (all access is by shuttle bus from 9 AM - 3 PM). For those early and late arrivals, be sure to display your park pass or entrance fee receipt in your vehicle.
You can still drive into a number of areas of the park including Juniper Campground, Tsankawi, and to the many trails outside of Frijoles Canyon. Remember the park closes at sunset, so plan to leave before that time. Last shuttle leave the Frijoles Canyon Visitor Center at 5 PM.