National Parks are America’s largest classrooms. They are living laboratories and history books where science and history can be seen and explored firsthand. On-site field trips are the best way for students to connect the subject matters they learn in the classroom to the resources present in our national parks. At Bandelier, visiting students can safely explore the ruins and archaeological sites in Frijoles Canyon, examine, up close, the culture of the ancestral Pueblo People, and discover the complex ecosystem of the Pajarito Plateau. Currently all in-park field trip experiences are self-guided. Due to staffing levels park rangers are unable to provided guided education programs. We encourage educators and groups leaders to prepare lesson-plans prior to the visit and pick up a copy of the Main Pueblo Loop Trail Guide to enhance the educational experience.
Non-commercial group entrance fees apply for educational groups unless they have been granted an Academic Fee Waiver.
4th grade teachers, did you know your students qualify for their very own Every Kid Outdoors 4th Grade Pass ? The Every Kid Outdoors Pass covers entrance fees for the 4th grader and their family at more than 2000 federal land and water recreation sites. Students who qualify will receive their passes during in-park field trips to Bandelier. Passes will then cover entrance fees for chaperones and accompanying adults.
All educational groups visiting Bandelier must observe the following:
Academic Fee Waivers
The Code of Federal Regulations (36 CFR § 71.13) allows the National Park Service to issue entrance fee waivers for bona fide educational and/or scientific institutions that use the park for educational purposes. Approved academic fee waivers cover entrance fees for all students and the required number of chaperones. Camping fees are separate and not covered by fee waivers. Bona fide educational institutions seeking an Academic fee Waiver must meet the following criteria:
To apply for an Academic Fee Waiver, the Bandelier NM Academic Fee Waiver Request Form must be submitted in advance of the planned visit. Fee Waiver Requests must be submitted via email no later than two (2) weeks prior to the date of the trip. Fee waivers will NOT be provided the day of the visit. Incomplete fee waiver requests will not be processed.
Instructions for completing the academic fee waiver request form:
Email completed Fee Waiver Request Form and documentation to: email@example.com
For more information: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (505) 672-3861 ext.1519
Last updated: February 28, 2023