The San Miguel Mountains (seen from the Burro Trail) at the western edge of Bandelier represent another episode of volcanism in the history of the park. Courtesy / NPS
Bandelier National Monument will begin offering a variety of programs to the public this summer.
âAs COVID restrictions have eased, Bandelier is keen to provide the programming visitors want so they can learn more about the incredible resources at this park. We invite the public to include one or more of these activities in their planned visit to Bandelier, âsaid Acting Superintendent Dennis Milligan.
Cultural Demonstration Programs – Bandelier will offer cultural demonstration programs again on weekends this summer after a hiatus last year due to COVID.
The cultural demonstration program brings local artisans from neighboring Pueblos to share traditional skills such as pottery making and flint cutting. Demonstrations will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. most weekends through Labor Day weekend behind the Bandelier Visitor Center. Handicrafts will be on sale.
- August 7-8 – Dolores and JosÃ©phine Toya, Jemez Pueblo, pottery;
- August 14-15 – Roger and Diane Candelaria, San Felipe Pueblo, pottery;
- August 21-22 – Harvey Abeyta, Santo Domingo Pueblo, flint cut;
- August 28-29 – Sharon Garcia, Santa Clara Pueblo, pottery; and
- September 4, 5, 6 – Harvey Abeyta and Priscilla Nieto, Santo Domingo Pueblo, flint cut and jewelry.
Guided hikes in the hinterland – Go on a hike in the vast hinterland of Bandelier with a forest ranger and discover the various resources of the park:
- Reservations required – call the Visitor Center 505.672.3861, ext. 0. Hikes limited to 10 people:
- All mileage information is round trip:
- Participants should wear sturdy hiking boots or shoes and be in good physical condition to handle elevation gains in and out of the canyon;
- Bring a pack including 2-3 liters of water, several snacks / bars (in some cases a lunch), a rain jacket, sunscreen, a hat, all the necessary medicines; and
- Safety briefings will be given at the start of each hike.
- 7/24 Hike: Frijolito Loop Departure: 10h Duration: 3 miles, 2 hours
- 7/31 Hike: Alamo Canyon Loop Start: 8 hrs Duration: 14 miles, 7 hrs
- 8/7 Hike: Frijoles Narrows Start: 9 a.m. Duration: 8 miles, 4 hours
- 8/14 Hike: Alamo Canyon Loop Start: 8 hrs Duration: 14 miles, 7 hrs
- 08/21 Hike: Falls Trail Start: 10 a.m. Duration: 3 miles, 2 hours
- 08/28 Hike: Yapashi Loop Start: 8 hrs Duration: 16 miles, 8 hrs
- 9/4 Hike: Burnt Mesa Start: 10 hrs Duration: 5.6 miles, 4 hrs
- 9/11 Hike: Falls Trail Start: 10 a.m. Duration: 3 miles, 2 hours
- 9/18 Hike: Mid Alamo Canyon Start: 9 a.m. Duration: 7 miles, 4 hours
- 09/25 Hike: Frijoles Narrows Start: 9 a.m. Duration: 8 miles, 4 hours
- 10/2 Hike: Alamo Canyon Loop Start: 8 hrs Duration: 14 miles, 7 hrs
- 10/9 Hike: Falls Trail Start: 10 hrs Duration: 3 miles, 2 hrs
- 10/16 Hike: Yapashi loop Start: 8 hrs Duration: 16 miles, 8 hrs
- 10/23 Hike: Mid Alamo Canyon Start: 9 a.m. Duration: 7 miles, 4 hours
Night sky programs
Want to take a break from Netflix? Come and try NightSkyFlix! The Bandelier Rangers will be presenting night sky programs several times a month, starting in July. All programs will be approximately one hour in length and take place in the parking lot of the Juniper Campground Amphitheater. These events are free but require a reservation. Call or visit the Visitor Center at 505.672.3861 x0 to reserve a spot. The car park will be open half an hour before the stated show times so that visitors can arrive and get settled before the start of the program.
- 9 p.m. Sunday 11 July – Constellations Program
- 9:30 p.m. Sunday July 25 – Full Moon Program
- 8:30 p.m. Sunday August 8 – Constellation program
- 8:30 p.m. Thursday August 12 (Rain date: Friday August 13) – Perseid meteor shower program
- 8:30 p.m. Sunday August 22 – Full Moon Program
- 8 p.m. Sunday, September 5 – Constellation program
- 7:30 p.m., Sunday, September 19 – Full moon program
Entrance fees to the park are $ 25 per private vehicle, $ 20 per motorcycle or $ 15 per bicycle / individual. All entry passes are valid for 7 days. Camping fees are not included in the entrance fees. America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes are accepted for entry fees.
The full line of America the Beautiful Passes – National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands as well as Bandelier Annual Passes are available for purchase at the Visitor Center. For more information on the types of pass and prices, visit: https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm.
Bandelier National Monument is open daily from sunrise to sunset. The park store operated by the Western National Parks Association is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the cafÃ© is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 7 days a week.