Bat Flight Program
NPS Photo by Nick Hristov.
Bat Flight Programs
Prior to the evening bat flight, a program is given in the outdoor amphitheater by a park ranger. The starting time of the talk varies with sunset times - it is best to call the park (575.785.3012) to check for program times. Programs may be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Bat Flight programs are scheduled from Memorial Day weekend through mid-to-late October. There is no charge and reservations are not required for the bat flight program. In late October or early November, the bats migrate south for the winter; they return in April or May, depending on weather.
Help Us Protect the Bats
Besides the risks to the bats, it is very difficult to get good quality photos of a bat flight under any circumstances, and the risks simply aren't worth the results that most visitors get. Photography or other filming at bat flight may be done under a special use permit obtained from the park at least two weeks in advance.
Spaces to accommodate wheelchairs are located at the entrance to the amphitheater. Restrooms are available and fully accessible.
Pets are not allowed in the amphitheater area.