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A view of Frijoles Canyon from Tyuonyi Overlook.

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Bandelier National Monument Seeks Public Input on Proposed Air Tour Management Plan

Released: September 10, 2021

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – The National Park Service (NPS) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are seeking public feedback on a draft Air Tour Management Plan (ATMP) that is being proposed for Bandelier National Monument.

The agencies encourage anyone with an interest in or concern about air tours over Bandelier National Monument to review and comment on the draft ATMP. The proposed plan would authorize up to 101 air tours per year on 9 defined routes. There were on average 101 air tours per year reported at Bandelier National Monument from 2017 to 2019.

Public feedback can be provided through the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website from September 3, 2021 through October 3, 2021. The NPS and FAA will consider comments to help inform the final ATMP for Bandelier National Monument. The project website is available at: Parkplanning - Bandelier Air Tour Management Plan (nps.gov)

“We encourage anyone who is interested in air tours over the park to share their thoughts on the proposed plan for Bandelier National Monument,” said Superintendent Patrick Suddath. “The draft plan is based on current operations and reported air tour levels at Bandelier National Monument. Its purpose is to ensure that park resource values, including natural sounds, wilderness character, visitor experiences, wildlife, and other natural and cultural resources, are protected.”

Bandelier National Monument is among 24 parks of the National Park System developing air tour management plans in cooperation with the FAA. The agencies hope to complete all air tour management plans by the end of August 2022. The schedule is part of a plan approved by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for the agencies to comply with the National Parks Air Tour Management Act of 2000 within two years.

An important part of the process is the inclusion of Native American Tribes. The agencies are consulting with Tribes that have tribal lands adjacent to Bandelier National Monument and with Tribes that attach historic and cultural significance to resources within the park.

Please visit this NPS site and this FAA site for more detailed information about air tour management plans. Links to meeting notifications, recordings, and slide decks (where applicable) will be posted to the NPS site. The 24 parks:
1. Arches National Park, Utah
2. Badlands National Park, South Dakota
3. Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico
4. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
5. Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona
6. Canyonlands National Park, Utah
7. Death Valley National Park, California
8. Everglades National Park, Florida
9. Glacier National Park, Montana
10. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area; Arizona, Utah
11. Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California
12. Great Smoky Mountains National Park; Tennessee, North Carolina
13. Haleakalā National Park, Hawai’i
14. Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, Hawaiʻi
15. Lake Mead National Recreation Area; Arizona, Nevada
16. Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
17. Muir Woods National Monument, California
18. Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota
19. Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah
20. National Parks of New York Harbor Management Unit; New York, New Jersey 21. Olympic National Park, Washington
22. Point Reyes National Seashore, California
23. Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Utah
24. San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, California

 
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Bandelier Announces Wilderness Cleanup Weekend

Released: August 20, 2021


Los Alamos, NM – Bandelier will be hosting Wilderness Cleanup Weekend, September 25th and 26th to celebrate National Public Lands Day (NPLD) and to recognize September as National Wilderness Month. Park staff and volunteers will be leading several cleanup tasks in the park’s backcountry. Acting Superintendent and event organizer Dennis Milligan says, "These projects are aimed to help preserve the wilderness character and keep Bandelier's wilderness wild."

Volunteers will work with park staff to remove or prepare for removal, old research equipment or debris, from backcountry, wilderness areas. Opportunities to help include providing logistical support and making day trips to carry out equipment with possible overnight stays for bigger projects. The work taken on will depend on participant interest.

Due to the nature of the cleanup projects, volunteers should be in a good physical condition, able to hike up to 10 miles a day at various elevations with a heavy pack. Participants will need to supply their own hiking/camping gear. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Wilderness Ranger, Mark Peterson at (505) 672-3861 x1442 or mark_m_peterson@nps.gov. Entrance fees will be waived for volunteers on the days they work.

NPLD is the nation's largest single-day volunteer event for public lands. Established in 1994, it’s held annually on the fourth Saturday in September. This celebration brings out thousands of volunteers to help restore and improve public lands around the country. NPLD is also a fee free day when entrance fees will be waived at national parks and other public lands.
 
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National Park Service implements national mask requirement

Date: August 16, 2021

WASHINGTON – Following the latest science and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Park Service (NPS) is immediately requiring visitors, employees and contractors to wear a mask inside all NPS buildings and in crowded outdoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status or community transmission levels.

“Visitors to national parks are coming from locations across the country, if not across the world. Because of this, and recognizing that the majority of the United States is currently in substantial or high transmission categories, we are implementing a service-wide mask requirement to ensure our staff and visitors’ safety,” said NPS Deputy Director Shawn Benge.

This requirement will be in effect until further notice and applies to all NPS buildings and public transportation systems. It also applies to outdoors spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained, such as narrow or busy trails and overlooks.

“Being vaccinated is the most effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the dangers of the coronavirus. Masking in addition to being vaccinated will help prevent the spread of new variants and protect those who are more at risk of severe disease. This simple act of kindness allows us to be safe while we continue to enjoy the benefits of our national parks,” said Capt. Maria Said, MD, an epidemiologist in the NPS Office of Public Health and a member of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

Individuals looking to get a COVID-19 vaccine can visit vaccines.gov to find a location close to them and make an appointment. Individuals can also text their ZIP code to 438829 and get a text with the closest COVID-19 vaccine location.

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Patrick Suddath Selected as Superintendent of Bandelier National Monument

DENVER — National Park Service Regional Director Mike Reynolds announced the selection of Patrick Suddath as Superintendent of Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico. Suddath has most recently served as the deputy superintendent of Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia. He will assume his new role on August 15, 2021. “Patrick has an extensive knowledge of cultural and natural resource management,” said Reynolds. “His leadership, partnership and management skills make him a great fit for Bandelier.”

“I am thrilled to be selected for this position and excited to have the opportunity to work with the Superintendent of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to explore ways to preserve and protect these unique and connected ecosystems and the many significant sacred sites of our Tribal partners,” said Suddath. “I also look forward to returning home to New Mexico where I have many fond memories from my youth of visiting the cliff dwellings of Bandelier, and hiking and skiing in the area that would become the Valles Caldera National Preserve.”

Prior to serving as the deputy superintendent at Independence National Historical Park, he served as the chief ranger at the park. Suddath has also served as the Branch Chief of Ranger Activities at Glacier National Park and has held other leadership roles at Joshua Tree and Grand Canyon National Parks. Suddath began his career as a fire lookout and wildland firefighter in Mesa Verde National Park in 1989. He was born and raised in Albuquerque New Mexico, and received a B.A. from New Mexico State University.

Suddath has two grown children, Cassandra and Aaron. Cassandra is a recent graduate of the University of Montana and Aaron is living and working in Whitefish, Montana. Suddath enjoys hiking, biking and skiing in his spare time.

For more information about Bandelier National Monument, visit nps.gov/band.

 
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Bandelier Offers Bird Banding Visits for the Public

Los Alamos, NM – Do you wake up in the summer to an American Robin singing it’s beautiful, but sometimes annoying song, outside of your bedroom window? Do you hang a hummingbird feeder in your yard to attract those colorful hovering artists? If you interact with birds in anyway any day, you may want to know how our feathered friends are doing in the world. For almost two decades Bandelier has participated in a multinational program, the goal of which is to determine the answer to that very question.

Now we are inviting the public to see the work in progress as we band birds to learn more about them, their migration, and their health. Bandelier will begin offering ranger-led visits to our fall bird banding site just in time for fall migration to begin. Birds are on the move, stocking up on food and energy resources before making their journey south for the winter. Bandelier’s location along the southern end of the Rocky Mountains means it is a major flyway for birds along their migration routes, and the rich habitat located in the park makes Bandelier a great site for studying birds.

Researchers at Bandelier have been collecting migratory bird data for 18 years and are excited to share the project with the general public. Meet a ranger at the Alamo Boundary trailhead for a chance to visit the bird banding station, learn more about the research being done at Bandelier, and maybe even meet a bird in person. The site is also a great place to see fall colors and hear elk bugling.
Friday August 13th, 7:30am
Friday August 27th, 7:30 am
Friday September 10th, 7:30 am
Friday September 24th, 7:30 am
Friday October 8th, 8:00 am
Times are subject to change due to weather conditions. Call the visitor center at (505) 672-3861 x 0 for details.
 
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A view of Tyuonyi and Talus House on the Pueblo Loop Trail.

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Bandelier Announces Two Fee-Free Days in August 2021


Los Alamos, NM – The National Park Service has designated two fee-free days in August 2021, August 4th for the first anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act and August 25th for the 105th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service. “By having days when parks do not charge an entry fee, we allow everyone to have an equal opportunity to visit these very special protected places,” said Acting Superintendent Dennis Milligan. “In 2021, there were 6 fee-free days designated so visitors can enjoy their parks without any worry about the cost.”

The Great American Outdoors Act is landmark conservation legislation that uses revenues from energy development to provide up to $1.9 billion a year for five years to provide needed maintenance for critical facilities and infrastructure in our national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, recreation areas, and American Indian schools. It also uses royalties from offshore oil and natural gas to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund to the tune of $900 million a year to invest in conservation and recreation opportunities across the country.

National parks host more than 325 million visitors every year, and the infrastructure cannot keep up without significant repairs. The network of roads, trails, restrooms, water treatment systems, and visitor facilities are aging, and many are exceeding the capacity they were designed to support. The National Parks and Public Lands Restoration Fund will provide funding for priority projects that address the maintenance backlog at NPS facilities, including campgrounds, picnic areas, roads, trails, and other critical infrastructure. Specific projects to be funded will be announced in the future.

On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the legislation establishing the National Park Service. This year will mark the 105th anniversary, even though some parks were legislated well before the creation of the National Park Service (NPS). In fact Bandelier National Monument was set aside on February 11, 1916, a little over 6 months before the formation of the NPS.

Except on fee-free days, park entrance fees are $25 per private vehicle, $20 per motorcycle, or $15 per bicycle/individual. All entrance passes are valid for 7 days. Camping fees are not included in entrance fees. America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes are accepted for entrance fees. The full suite of America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes as well as Bandelier Annual passes are available for purchase at the visitor center. For more information about types of passes and prices, visit: https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm.

Bandelier National Monument is open every day from sunrise to sunset. The park store operated by Western National Parks Association is open each day, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. The café is open 7 days a week, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.
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Information about Bandelier visit www.nps.gov/band, call the visitor center, 505-672-3861, ext. 0. Like us on Facebook BandelierNPS, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @BandelierNPS.

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Bandelier Extends Visitor Center Hours While High-Country Hikes Offer Abundant Wildflowers

Los Alamos, NM – Bandelier will change the park visitor center hours from 9 AM to 4:30 PM to 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on August 1, 2021. Good summer rains have produced a massive wildflower bloom in Bandelier’s high country that should last for at least several more weeks.

Visitation this year at Bandelier is up 157% from 2019 after seeing a drastic downturn last year during the pandemic. More of those visitors are arriving earlier in the day to avoid the typical midday surge when the parking lots sometimes fill to capacity. “Opening the visitor center 30 minutes early will allow us to have staff available to provide important information such as trail options, handouts, and safety messages to the before 9 AM crowd. This should ensure a safer and more educational visit for many visitors,” said Acting Superintendent Dennis Milligan.

Abundant moisture in the parks high country has created the perfect conditions for a wildflower bonanza. Hiking trails such as Cerro Grande and Alamo Boundary are the best places to see a wide assortment of moisture loving blooms including mariposa lilies, harebells, and shooting stars. Cerro Grande starts on Highway 4, is approximately 2 ¼ miles each way and climbs 1200 feet in elevation. Alamo Boundary Trail is located on Forest Service Road 289 (Dome Road) and is about 1.5 miles one way but relatively level. Alamo Boundary Trail connects with the Coyote Call Trail on the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Both trailheads have small parking areas, so it is best to arrive early in the morning. Afternoon thunderstorms should also be a consideration when planning any hikes. Acting Superintendent Dennis Milligan reminds visitors to look for flowers. “Feel free to enjoy and photograph them but don’t pick them. They need to remain in place so all visitors can enjoy their beauty.”

Park entrance fees are $25 per private vehicle, $20 per motorcycle, or $15 per bicycle/individual. All entrance passes are valid for 7 days. Camping fees are not included in entrance fees. America the Beautiful– the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes are accepted for entrance fees. The full suite of America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes as well as Bandelier Annual passes are available for purchase at the visitor center. For more information about types of passes and prices, visit: https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm.

Bandelier National Monument is open every day from sunrise to sunset. The park store operated by Western National Parks Association is open each day, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. The café is open 7 days a week, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.

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For information about Bandelier visit www.nps.gov/band, call the visitor center, (505) 672-3861, ext. 0. Like us on Facebook BandelierNPS, follow us on Instagram and Twitter@BandelierNPS.About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 419 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

 
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San Miguel Mountains from the Burro Trail

Bandelier Announces Public Programs for Summer 2021

For Immediate Release: July 16, 2021 For further information contact: Joanie Budzileni, e-mail us, 505-672-3861, ext.1501

Los Alamos, NM – Bandelier will begin offering a variety of programs to the public this summer. “As covid restrictions have relaxed, Bandelier is anxious to provide the programming visitors want so they can learn more about this park’s amazing resources. We invite the public to include one or more of these activities in their planned visit to Bandelier,” says acting superintendent Dennis Milligan.

Cultural Demonstration Programs - Bandelier will be offering weekend cultural demonstration programs again this summer after a hiatus last year due to covid. The cultural demonstration program brings local craftspeople from the nearby Pueblos to share traditional skills such as making pottery and flint knapping. Demonstrations will be held most weekends from now through Labor Day weekend behind the Bandelier Visitor Center from 9:30 AM to 4 PM. Craft items will also be for sale.
August 7 and 8 Dolores and Josephine Toya, Jemez Pueblo, pottery
August 14 and 15 Roger and Diane Candelaria, San Felipe Pueblo, pottery
August 21 and 22 Harvey Abeyta, Santo Domingo Pueblo, flint knapping
August 28 and 29 Sharon Garcia, Santa Clara Pueblo, pottery
September 4, 5, & 6 Harvey Abeyta and Priscilla Nieto, Santo Domingo Pueblo, flint knapping and jewelry

Backcountry Guided Hikes – Hike into Bandelier’s expansive backcountry with a ranger and learn about the park’s diverse resources.
  • Reservations required – call the Bandelier Visitor Center (505) 672-3861, ext. 0. There is a limit of 10 people on each hike.
  • All mileage information is round trip
  • Participants must wear sturdy boots or hiking shoes and be in good physical condition to handle elevation gains in and out of the canyon. Bring a pack including 2-3 liters of water, multiple snacks/bars (in some cases a lunch), a rain jacket, sunscreen, hat, any necessary medications. Safety briefings will be given at the start of each hike.
7/24 Hike: Frijolito Loop Start: 10:00 am Duration: 3 miles, 2 hours
7/31 Hike: Alamo Canyon Loop Start: 8:00 am Duration: 14 miles, 7 hours
8/7 Hike: Frijoles Narrows Start: 9:00 am Duration: 8 miles, 4 hours
8/14 Hike: Alamo Canyon Loop Start: 8:00 am Duration: 14miles, 7 hours
8/21 Hike: Falls Trail Start: 10:00 am Duration: 3 miles, 2 hours
8/28 Hike: Yapashi loop Start: 8:00 am Duration: 16 miles, 8 hours
9/4 Hike: Burnt Mesa Start: 10:00 am Duration: 5.6 miles, 4 hours
9/11 Hike: Falls Trail Start: 10:00 am Duration: 3 miles, 2 hours
9/18 Hike: Mid alamo canyon Start: 9:00 am Duration: 7 miles, 4 hours
9/25 Hike: Frijoles Narrows Start: 9:00 am Duration: 8 miles, 4 hours
10/2 Hike: Alamo Canyon Loop Start: 8:00 am Duration: 14miles, 7 hours
10/9 Hike: Falls Trail Start: 10:00 am Duration: 3 miles, 2 hours
10/16 Hike: Yapashi loop Start: 8:00 am Duration: 16 miles, 8 hours
10/23 Hike: Mid alamo canyon Start: 9:00 am Duration: 7 miles, 4 hours

Night Sky Programs - Want a break from Netflix? Come try NightSkyFlix! Rangers at Bandelier National Monument will be presenting night sky programs several times a month, starting in July. All programs will run for approximately an hour and will take place at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater parking lot. These events are free but require a reservation. Please call or visit the Visitor Center at (505) 672-3861 x0 to reserve your spot. The parking lot will be open half an hour prior to listed show times so visitors can arrive and set up before the program begins.

Sunday, July 11, 9:00 PM – Constellations Program
Sunday, July 25, 9:30 PM – Full Moon Program
Sunday, Aug 8, 8:30 PM – Constellations Program
Thursday, Aug 12, 8:30 PM (Rain Date: Friday Aug 13) – Perseid Meteor Shower Program
Sunday Aug 22, 8:30 PM – Full Moon Program
Sunday, Sep 5, 8:00 PM – Constellations Program
Sunday, Sep 19, 7:30 PM – Full Moon Program


Park entrance fees are $25 per private vehicle, $20 per motorcycle, or $15 per bicycle/individual. All entrance passes are valid for 7 days. Camping fees are not included in entrance fees. America the Beautiful– the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes are accepted for entrance fees. The full suite of America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes as well as Bandelier Annual passes are available for purchase at the visitor center. For more information about types of passes and prices, visit: https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm.

Bandelier National Monument is open every day from sunrise to sunset. The park store operated by Western National Parks Association is open each day, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. The café is open 7 days a week, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.
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Information about Bandelier visit www.nps.gov/band, call the visitor center, 505-672-3861, ext. 0. Like us on Facebook BandelierNPS, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @BandelierNPS. About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 419 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create closeto-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
 
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Optional Weekend Shuttle Service to begin July 3, 2021

News Release Date: June 28, 2021

Contact: Joanie Budzileni, 505-672-3861 x 1501

Los Alamos, NM – Bandelier will be offering an optional weekend and holiday shuttle service starting July 3, 2021. This will provide visitors with an opportunity to visit even if the parking lots fill to capacity. Usually, Bandelier operates a required shuttle service mid-May through mid-October due to limited parking in Frijoles Canyon. Currently the shuttle is not mandatory, but it may be the only way to access the visitor center and most popular area of Bandelier, if the parking lots fill up.Some tips for visitors include:
  • Visit in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid crowds.
  • Visit areas outside of Frijoles Canyon from 10:30-2:30.
  • Visit on weekends when the shuttle provides the option to ride to the park if parking lots fill.
  • Dress appropriately and bring water, snacks. A short (1.4 miles round-trip) walk is required to see Bandelier's famous sites including the cavates, petroglyphs, and ladders.
  • Park near Juniper Campground and hike to the visitor center (2 miles one way) on the Frey Trail and then ride the shuttle back to your car.
The first shuttle will leave the White Rock visitor center at 9 AM on Saturdays and Sundays (holidays too). The last shuttle leaves the Bandelier visitor center at 5 PM. The shuttle ride is free but park entrance fees still apply. A face mask is required when riding the park shuttle.“We are very excited to begin weekend shuttles and provide this alternative to visitors, especially on days when our parking lots fill to capacity,” acting Bandelier Superintendent Dennis Milligan said.Park entrance fees are $25 per private vehicle, $20 per motorcycle, or $15 per bicycle/individual. All entrance passes are valid for 7 days. Camping fees are not included in entrance fees. America the Beautiful– the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes are accepted for entrance fees. The full suite of America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes as well as Bandelier Annual passes are available for purchase at the visitor center. For more information about types of passes and prices, visit: https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm.Bandelier National Monument is open every day from sunrise to sunset. The park store operated by Western National Parks Association is open each day, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. The café is open 7 days a week, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Last updated: September 10, 2021

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