Saturday, June 9, will be the first celebration of “Get Outdoors Day,” meant to encourage healthy, active outdoors fun.
Also known as GO Day, it will be a fee free day in National Park areas nationwide.
At Bandelier National Monument, Superintendent Jason Lott will be sponsoring a family hike, meeting at 8 a.m. at the Burnt Mesa trailhead.
Along with Lott’s family, participants will hike out along the established trail and come back on an off-trail return route that is being considered to make the trail a loop.
Trails Foreman and long-time ranger Dale Coker will be part of the group, and is especially interested in finding out what participants think of the tentative route.
“We’ll begin at 8 a.m. to take advantage of the cool morning air, and should be back in 2-3 hours,” Lott said. “Everyone should be ready to spend time out in the sun, with sunscreen, hat, plenty of water, a snack, and shoes that are good for off-trail hiking. It will be a good chance to get out and enjoy one of the lesser-known gems of the trails in Bandelier.”
Visitors to the Frijoles Canyon area of the park will need to catch the shuttle bus in White Rock.
The first shuttle leaves at 9 a.m., and at 6 p.m., the last return bus leaves Bandelier.
Buses run every 15-20 minutes and are free. That day, entry to the park will be free, too.
Information about other events and ongoing activities is available by visiting the Bandelier National Monument website at www.nps.gov/band or the park Facebook page at BandelierNPS.