The Bandelier backcoutry is renowned for its wildness, beauty, and its relative ease of access. After Las Conchas Fire in 2011 there was flooding in all park canyons 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.
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)
Last updated: December 20, 2019