The Bandelier backcoutry is renowned for its wildness, beauty, and its relative ease of access. Although still very beautiful, the Bandelier backcountry was impacted by the Las Conchas Fire of 2011. Flooding in all park canyons followed and many trails were damaged in canyon bottoms. Park staff has been hard at work repairing the trails but a few trails remain almost inaccessible. Please check at the visitor center and see the Trail Condition map at the bottom of the page for current conditions before hiking in the backcountry.
Due to summer monsoon flood danger, backcountry camping is closed in Frijoles, Alamo, and Capulin canyons, or any stream bottoms July 1st through September 15th. Also, during windy times, dead trees in fire areas, as well as all treed areas can be hazardous. Please camp away from stands of dead or damaged trees. Please backcountry camp only on mesa tops and in designated camping areas
A map is an essential backpacking item, and you could literally be lost without one. On a plateau cut by steep canyons trails meander, switchback, and follow topographic features. A detailed topographic map of the park is available from Western National Parks Association for $11.95, and can be purchased upon your arrival or can be ordered by calling (505) 672-3861 x 516.
A map showing the trails and their associated mileage can be downloaded here. (3.19 mb PDF)
Last updated: April 14, 2019