Entrance sign at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
All across the country, National Park Service units are celebrating National Park Week April 15-23. For parks that charge entrance fees, including Bandelier National Monument, both weekends, April 15-16 and April 22-23, will be fee free days, with no entry fees being charged.
During both weekends, everything in the bookstore in the Bandelier Visitor Center will be discounted 15 percent, and select items in the Gift Shop and Snack Bar will be on sale.
At 1 p.m. Friday, April 21, the Preservation Crew Lead will offer a 1.5 hour walk through the historic Civilian Conservation Corps structures near the Visitor Center. This free walk will meet at the Visitor Center, and no signups are required. In addition, on each morning of the week a park staff member will be interviewed on KRSN radio, AM 1490 / FM 107.1
The interviews begin at 8:30 a.m., except 7:30 a.m. Thursday.
“It sounds like National Park Week will be fine northern New Mexico spring weather, warm and sunny,” Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott said. “There are new leaves on the trees, birds are singing and the days are getting longer. It’s going to be a very good time to get outdoors and enjoy the parks.”
With lots of people on vacation during this week, visitors to Bandelier may want to come in the morning or late afternoon and avoid arriving at the park in the middle of the day, as parking is limited and the shuttle service will not begin until May 14. The Visitor Center is open every day 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and trails are open until dusk.
Other fee free days throughout the National Park Service this year include Founders Day Aug. 25, Public Lands Day Sept. 30 and Veterans Day Nov. 11 and 12.
For more information about Bandelier, contact the Visitor Center at 505.672.3861 x 517. Updates also are available on the park Facebook page and Twitter, both at BandelierNPS.