Government Shutdown 2018

Important Notice to Park Visitors

Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, the National Park Service (NPS) is unable to fully staff the properties under its management. It is not feasible to close or otherwise prohibit all access to NPS properties. Park visitors are advised to use extreme caution if choosing to enter NPS property, as NPS personnel will not be available to provide guidance, assistance, maintenance, or emergency response. Any entry onto NPS property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor’s sole risk.

The NPS will not operate parks during the shutdown period, and no visitor services will be provided. The NPS will not issue permits, conduct educational programs, collect trash, operate or provide restrooms, maintain roads or walkways (including plowing and ice melting), or provide visitor information.

The NPS will cease providing services for NPS-operated campgrounds, including maintenance, janitorial, bathrooms, showers, check-in/check-out, and reservations.
Visitors in campgrounds will not be asked to leave, but no services will be available, including check-in/check-out services. Visitors holding campground reservations should be aware that there is no guarantee their reserved campsite will be ready and available should they arrive during a government shutdown.


The Frijoles Canyon area will be closed, including the Visitor Center, all trails below the canyon rim, and anything accessed from the Entrance Road. The closure will also include Juniper Family Campground and Ponderosa Group Campground, and the entire Tsankawi section of the park.

Areas open to visitors are Burnt Mesa, Cerro Grande, the Upper Frijoles Canyon Overlook Trail, and the Sawyer Mesa Trail. The US Forest Service has gated Forest Roads 289 and 142 west of the park closed for the winter, so trails beginning along those roads are not available. The park will be patrolled by Law Enforcement Rangers regularly; for emergencies rangers can be contacted by calling the Los Alamos Police Department dispatch at 911 (emergency) or 505-662-8222 (non-emergency).

Last updated: January 20, 2018

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Bandelier National Monument
15 Entrance RD

Los Alamos, NM 87544


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