National Park Service News Release
Release Date: March 21, 2020
Bandelier National Monument is Modifying Operations to Implement Latest Health Guidance
Los Alamos, New Mexico – Bandelier National Monument is announcing modifications to operations to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing. As of Sunday, March 22, 2020, Frijoles Canyon including the Visitor Center, WNPA Book Store, Sirphey at Bandelier Restaurant, Tsankawi, Juniper and Ponderosa Campgrounds are closed until further notice. Where it is possible to adhere to the latest health guidance, the Bandelier backcountry will remain open for day use and can be accessed by the Burnt Mesa Trail, Ponderosa Trail, Apache Springs Trail, Cerro Grande Trail, Ski Trails, and Alamo Boundary Trail.
For more information about the park in general, please visit www.nps.gov/band, or call the Visitor Center, 505-672-3861, ext. 0. Please visit us on Facebook at BandelierNPS or on Instagram at bandeliernps.
The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at WNPA and Sirphey at Bandelier is our number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working with the federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website and social media channels.
The NPS urges visitors to do their part when visiting a park and to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick.
For high-risk populations, such as the elderly and people with underlying conditions, we ask that they take extra caution and follow CDC guidance for those at higher risk of serious illness.
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While outdoor spaces, like park trails, are believed to be safer than indoor spaces, visitors are urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go
The National Park Service is actively monitoring developments related to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus and it is consulting with relevant federal, state and local authorities, including the CDC, to get the most up to date information needed to protect the health of our visitors, volunteers, and employees.
For more information about the park in general, please visit www.nps.gov/band, or call the Visitor Center, 505-672-3861, ext. 0. Please like us on Facebook at BandelierNPS or on Instagram at bandeliernps.
Last updated: March 22, 2020