Bandelier has one of the largest concentrations of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) work in the country. In April of 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the CCC to give thousands of Americans environmental conservation work during the Great Depression.
Come celebrate “CCC Day” at 10 a.m. Saturday April 7, at Bandelier. Kevin Stillman, Trails Work Leader, will present a cross cut saw demonstration and give visitors the opportunity to get some hands on, saw time.
Preservation Specialist, JT Stark, will give a guided walk through the historic CCC district at 1 p.m. Both activities meet at the Bandelier Visitor Center in Frijoles Canyon.
Year of the bird continues with a Bird Petroglyph Walk at 10 a.m. Friday, April 13, beginning at the Visitor Center, sign up is not required. Bandelier has chosen the Broad-tailed hummingbird, which should be starting to migrate back this way, as the April bird of the month. It weighs only 0.1-0.2 ounces and measures just over 3 inches long. The male is easily identifiable by the metallic-trill he makes zooming by.
This Act is credited for saving many bird species including the Sandhill crane. Consider another April bird activity by choosing a bird friendly action around your home such planting native tubular flowers for hummingbirds, mowing less, covering open pipes to protect wildlife from getting stuck, and avoiding pesticides and poisons. Simple changes can be better for birds and for us.
To kick off National Park Week, April 21-29, 2018, enjoy Bandelier free of charge on Saturday, April 21. National Park Sites nationwide will not charge entrance fees April 21. Remaining fee free days include September 22, National Public Lands Day; and November 11, Veterans Day.
Access to the Alcove House will be closed as ladder replacement work is finalized Tuesday, April 10.
The Bandelier Visitor Center is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weather permitting, the park is open every day during daylight hours, except Christmas and New Year’s Day.
For more information, contact the Bandelier Visitor Center at 505.672.3861 x 517, or check out the park website at www.nps.gov/band or the Facebook page at BandelierNPS.