Bandelier Has Reopened … Shuttle Buses Resume June 24

Bandelier National Monument reopened today and resumed regular hours of operations. Post file photo


Bandelier National Monument reopened today, May 27, and is back on regular hours of operations.

The reopening comes after the area was shut down as a result of Stage 3 park restrictions due to New Mexico’s wildfires.

Shuttles to the monument resume Saturday, June 24.

“We’re so thrilled to welcome visitors back to Bandelier National Monument,” said Kelly Steward, Marketing Manager for Los Alamos County. “It’s exciting to be able to return to sharing the beauty and history of Bandelier National Monument and all it has to offer to our visitors.”

Bandelier’s reopening includes all campgrounds, wilderness areas and backcountry trails. Hours of operation for Bandelier National Monument are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. All visitors will be required to smoke inside their vehicles while visiting the monument.

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Bandelier National Monument

An iconic National Park site, Bandelier is beloved by locals and visitors for its history, hiking trails and wildlife. Climb ladders and imagine life as an ancient cliff dweller, view petroglyphs, hike the park’s expansive trail network, or spot local wildlife, including mule deer, short-horned lizards, squirrels and many species of birds. For visits in the spring, when Bandelier attracts large crowds, visits in the early morning or late in the day are most enjoyable. Additionally, consider some of the less visited trails, including Burnt Mesa trail (2.5 miles one way) and the Ponderosa Trail into Frijoles Canyon for the adventurous hiker (a 3.5 mile hike one way with a 600 foot climb) to experience a quieter hike.

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