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Best known for mesas, sheer-walled canyons, and the ancestral Pueblo dwellings found among them, Bandelier also includes over 23,000 acres of designated Wilderness. It was named for Adolph Bandelier, a 19th-century anthropologist. Proclaimed on February 11, 1916. Acreage: 32,737, all federal. Wilderness area: 23,267.



Email - BAND_Superintendent@nps.gov

Fax- 505-672-9607

Write to
HCR 1, Box 1, Suite 15
Los Alamos, NM 87544

Visitor Information - (505) 672-0343


Operating Hours, Seasons
Daily. Summer: Visitor Center, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Winter: Visitor Center, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Spring/Fall: Visitor Center, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Frijoles Canyon: dawn to dusk. Closed December 25, January 1.

Getting There
CAR - Visitors traveling North-South on I-25 take St Francis/84/285 exit for Santa Fe, go straight through city, then follow signs to Bandelier at each major junction.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - To Monument: no regularly scheduled commercial transportation available.

Weather & Climate
Sunny and dry, with thunderstorms in mid-late summer months. Frost and chance of snow storms from October through May. Wear layered comfortable sportswear type clothing appropriate for season, with sturdy walking shoes. The elevation in Frijoles Canyon is 6,000 feet and can cause breathing difficulties for some people visiting from lower elevations.

Visitor Center not to standards but accessible. Visitor Center restrooms not up to standard but accessible. First quarter mile of Main Loop Trail accessible. Wheelchair available for loan. Orientation slide show captioned. Two tactile tables available. Main Loop Trail guides available in large print and Braille.

Getting Around
Paved road leads from entrance to campground, visitor center, and picnic area. No other roads available for use by visitors. Approximately 70 miles of back country trails available for day or overnight use.


Juniper Campground
Juniper Campground, with 94 sites, is located on the mesa top near the park entrance station, among pinons, junipers, and some Ponderosa pines. It is available for use most of the year, but may close in winter depending on weather. First-come first-served, no reservations (seldom fills). There are no hook-ups, but there are centrally-located water taps, and a dump station is available. Each site has a paved parking pad, picnic table, and fire grill. The restrooms have flush toilets. There are no showers in the park, but they are available for a fee at the public pool and YMCA in Los Alamos (12 miles). Limit 10 people/2 vehicles/3 tents per site. Firewood gathering is not permitted. Pets are permitted only in campsites, parking areas, or along roadways, and must be on leash. Evening programs are offered at campground amphitheater in summer as staffing permits; check the bulletin boards on the restrooms.

Ponderosa Group Campground
Ponderosa Campground, for use by groups of 10 or more only, is located along State Route 4 about 6 miles west of the Bandelier entrance station. There are two sites, capacity 50 people each. Parking is limited, and any group may have only 1 RV among its vehicles. Central water taps, pit toilets, fire grills, picnic tables; no hook-ups. No showers in the park, but showers are available at the public pool and the YMCA in Los Alamos (5 miles) for a small fee. Firewood gathering not permitted. Campground available seasonally, reservations required; contact (505) 672-3861 ex 534 as far in advance as possible. Sites can also be reserved for day use.


Visitor Centers
Open All Year
Location - Frijoles Canyon, 3 miles from park entrance.
Closures - The park is closed December 25 and January 1. Buses are not allowed to park in canyon area most of year. Parking at the Visitor Center is limited, and there may be a wait as long as an hour in summer and on holidays. Pets are not permitted on trails and must be on leash at all times where allowed.
Special Programs - Craft-making demonstrations by local American Indians are presented on weekends throughout summer months. Evening programs are presented in the campground amphitheater during summer months.
Exhibits - The Visitor Center in Frijoles Canyon has exhibits on prehistoric and historic Pueblo culture. Rangers are on duty to provide information on monument as well as nearby attractions.
Available Facilities - Wilderness permits, information, and an orientation slide show are available at the Visitor Center, as well as a bookstore operated by Southwest Parks and Monuments Association. Concessionaire-operated gift shop and snack bar, also open year-round, are nearby.

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These outdoors activities are available near Bandelier National Monument.
 Campgrounds Near Bandelier National Monument:
Eastgate - Sunrise RV Park, Los Alamos, 1 miles away
Juniper Campground, Los Alamos County, 4 miles away
Bandelier National Monument - Juniper Camp Ground, Los Alamos, 4 miles away
White Rock City RV Park, Los Alamos, 5 miles away
Camp May, Los Alamos, 9 miles away
Tetilla Peak, Cochiti Lake, 13 miles away
Cochiti Lake, Cochiti Lake, 13 miles away
 Marinas Near Bandelier National Monument:
Cochiti Lake Marina, Pena Blanca , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Bandelier National Monument:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites LOS ALAMOS ENTRADA PARK, Los Alamos , 1 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Los Alamos, Los Alamos , 3 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Los Alamos, White Rock , 5 miles away
The Inn At The Delta, Espanola , 15 miles away
Rodeway Inn Espanola, Espanola , 16 miles away
Santa Claran Hotel, Espanola , 16 miles away
Days Inn Espanola, Espanola , 16 miles away
 Trails Near Bandelier National Monument:
Rendija Trail, Los Alamos County , 3 miles away
Cabra Loop Trail, Los Alamos County , 3 miles away
Pajarito Trail, Los Alamos County , 4 miles away
Guaje Ridge Trail, Los Alamos County , 5 miles away
Natural Arch Trail, Los Alamos County , 5 miles away
 Ski Areas Near Bandelier National Monument:
Pajarito Mountain, New Mexico , 9 miles away, 1410 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Ski Santa Fe, New Mexico , 33 miles away, 1725 foot drop, 7 lifts, 69 runs
Sandia Peak, New Mexico , 38 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Sipapu, New Mexico , 52 miles away, 1055 foot drop, 4 lifts, 31 runs
Taos, New Mexico , 70 miles away, 2612 foot drop, 13 lifts, 110 runs
Angel Fire, New Mexico , 75 miles away, 2077 foot drop, 7 lifts, 74 runs
Red River, New Mexico , 76 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 7 lifts, 58 runs
Wolf Creek, Colorado , 97 miles away, 1604 foot drop, 7 lifts, 77 runs
 Whitewater Near Bandelier National Monument:
Rio Grande, Sandoval County , 9 miles away, Class III - 24 miles long (Otowi Bridge to Cochiti Reservoir)
Rio Chama, Rio Arriba County , 23 miles away, Class I-II - 25 miles long (Abiquiu Dam to confluence with Rio Grande)
Whitewater Outfitter - Santa Fe Rafting Outfitters, Santa Fe County , 24 miles away, Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Kokopelli Rafting Adventures, Santa Fe County , 24 miles away, Whitewater outfitter
Jemez River, Sandoval County , 26 miles away, Class -blank- - 50 miles long (Battleship Rock to Zia Pueblo)
 Public Lands Near Bandelier National Monument:
Santa Fe National Historic Trail, Santa Fe - NM , 20 miles away
Petroglyph National Monument, Albuquerque - NM , 51 miles away
Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico , 30 miles away
Hyde Memorial State Park, New Mexico , 31 miles away
Fenton Lake State Park, New Mexico , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Bandelier National Monument:
Los Alamos County Government Recreation Division Golf Course, Los Alamos , 3 miles away
Pueblo de Cochiti Golf Course, Cochiti Lake , 13 miles away
Black Mesa 1 Golf Course, Espanola , 15 miles away
Club At Las Campanas, Santa Fe , 17 miles away
Municipal Recreation Center, Santa Fe , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Bandelier National Monument
Los Alamos Reservoir, Los Alamos County , 6 miles away

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