During the covid pandemic overnight backcountry permits will be completed over the phone by calling 505-672-3861 x 0. Please look over the permit form at the bottom of this page to be sure you have all the necessary information before you call. The permit itself MUST be picked up at the park visitor center before your backpacking trip begins. Also look at the park map and the camping map for Bandelier provided lower on this page. Both will provide information you will need to complete your backcountry permit by phone.
Review all maps before planning your backpacking trip, epecially the current conditions of the trails.
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 1815.
A map showing the trails and their associated mileage can be downloaded here. (3.19 mb PDF)
Trail condition and route-finding difficulty map can be download here. (326kb PDF)
Notice: The upper Capulin Trail is almost impassible due to flood debris and deadfall. Trail is rough going for those looking to hike to Painted Cave.
A fairly detailed park map can be downloaded here.
A brochure with more information on park destinations for day or overnight hikes can be downloaded here.
Last updated: January 22, 2022