Civilian Conservation Corps buildings in the Frijoles Canyon Historic District at Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS
Bandelier National Monument has announced three special activities at the park for the early part of April, two related to the history of the historic buildings in the canyon, and one to encourage people to enjoy the park while participating in healthy activities.
April 5, which this year also is Easter Sunday, is Bandelier CCC Day, a day to celebrate and honor the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps enrollees. Their work In the 1930s provided most of the visitor facilities still used in the park. A free booklet will be available at the Visitor Center which provides a self-guiding tour of the Pueblo Revival structures that make up the headquarters area around the Visitor Center.
It is the largest collection of CCC buildings in any National Park Service area, and in 1987 was declared the Frijoles Canyon Historic District.
Friday, April 10, Bandelier Preservation Specialist JT Stark will offer a one-hour easy guided walk at 1 p.m., around the Historic District, highlighting architectural details and preservation concerns in the CCC structures. It will meet in front of the Visitor Center, and no sign-ups are required.
Thursday, April 9, a very different activity will be offered at 4 p.m., as part of the Healthy People Healthy Parks initiative. This is a worldwide campaign to encourage healthy activities in the outdoors while appreciating and taking care of parks and open space areas. Nurse Practitioner Kelly Young, along with members of the park staff, will offer a walk in Frijoles Canyon to highlight the benefits of exercise and good nutrition. The walk will begin from the front of the Visitor Center, and no sign-ups are required.
For information about Bandelier, check the park website at www.nps.gov/band, the park Facebook page or Twitter; or call the Visitor Center at 950.672.3861 x 517.