Entrance fees at Bandelier National Monument will be waived Aug. 25 to celebrate the National Park Service’s 103rd birthday!
Every year, Bandelier National Monument gets to celebrate two birthdays: the park was authorized Feb. 11, 1916, and the National Park Service was established the same year Aug. 25, now known as Founders Day.
“The agency now cares for over 415 of the most significant and amazing historical, cultural, and natural areas in the country,” Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott said. “They range from Yellowstone and Carlsbad Caverns to the Washington Monument, from Gettysburg and Hawai’i Volcanoes to the Martin Luther King Memorial, and from Little Bighorn Battlefield and Grand Canyon, to Bandelier.”
To celebrate the agency’s birthday, Sunday is a fee free day, with no entrance fees being charged throughout the entire National Park System. The other fee free days remaining this year are National Public Lands Day, Sept. 28 and Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
Items in the park store, located in the Bandelier Visitor Center and managed by Western National Parks Association (WNPA), will be 15 percent off. Rangers will be presenting an Astronomy Program with telescopes available to view the night sky on Sunday evening in the Juniper Campground Amphitheater and parking lot.
Visitors who decide to go to Bandelier should remember that throughout the summer, anyone arriving at the park between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. will need to catch the shuttle bus from the White Rock Visitor Center.