Bandelier National Monument Announces June and July Activities

Cliff house at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


June Activities:

  • 6/14    National Get Outdoors Day: Join the Bandelier Trails Program Lead Dale Coker for a backcountry hike. The route will be from Ponderosa Campground to Burnt Mesa Trailhead by way of Escobas Mesa; roughly four miles mostly easy, but overall moderately strenuous because of travel off-trail and scrambling involved in crossing one small canyon.  Numbers are limited; contact the Visitor Center, 505.672.3861 x 517 for details and to sign up. 
  • 6/17    Talk: La Mesa Fire, A Wake-up Call? : The La Mesa Fire of June, 1977, was very significant for a number of reasons, including it being the first large fire in the Jemez in 80 years and the long-term studies that have been done on its effects on vegetation and archeology. Teralene Foxx has been involved in the plant studies for over 37 years, and will present a talk on this wildfire and its significance. The talk will be at 7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. It is co-sponsored by Bandelier National Monument and the Los Alamos Historical Society. Free
  • 6/18    Walk:   La Mesa Fire, A Wake-up Call?  : Teralene Foxx has been involved in plant studies on the area of the La Mesa Fire ever since that wildfire burned 15,000 acres in and around Bandelier in June of 1977.  Join her for a walk out on the Burnt Mesa trail to see effects of that fire (and others since then) and recovery that has occurred in the 37 intervening years.  Meet at the trailhead, 5:30 p.m.; bring water, hat, sunscreen, good shoes. 2-3 miles round trip
  • 6/28   Great American Backyard Campout: Bring family or friends, or come on your own, camp at Juniper Campground, join park staff for a cook-out starting at 5:30 p.m., then attend the star program at 8:30 p.m. in the amphitheater. Contact the Visitor Center, 505.672.3861 x 517, for details
  • 6/28   Explore the Stars: Join a ranger for a constellation tour and telescope viewing 9-11 p.m. at Juniper Campground Amphitheater.

July Activities

  • Frijoles Canyon Nightwalk: This special evening program, offered Friday nights in July (except July 4) and August, is a silent one-hour walk that allows visitors to step back in time. This walk is not recommended for children or others who cannot participate without talking or whispering. The walk is at 9 a.m. in July, earlier in August. The Fee is $6/adult and $3/child or senior with a pass, and reservations are required. Call the Visitor Center at 505.672.3861 x 517.
  • Campground Evening Programs: The programs areevery Saturday in July and August.After a great day of exploring the park, relax at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater. Join a park ranger to learn more about Bandelier’s unique natural and cultural history. No additional fee is required, and everyone is welcome, camping or not. 
  • 7/4     Citizenship Ceremony: Bandelier is hosting its third annual naturalization ceremony, swearing in new citizens in partnership with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, with the help of local Eagle Scouts, singers, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, Los Alamos County, and Native American dancers. Witness this very special event at the Visitor Center.
  • 7/12    Monthly Backcountry Hike: Join a backcountry ranger for a hike in the backcountry in the Rabbit Ridge area. This is an all day hike of about eight miles, mostly off trail. It is high altitude and moderate to strenuous due to the lack of a trail. Meet at the Cerro Grande trailhead on State Road 4 on the west side of Bandelier, and from there the group will drive down Forest Road 289 to the Alamo Boundary trailhead. Then they will head up the Alamo Boundary trail to the Bandelier boundary and then climb up to Rabbit Ridge and walk the boundary line between Bandelier and the Valles Caldera. Then the group will loop back around to the Alamo Boundary trailhead. There are lots of great views of the Caldera and the surrounding country. There will also be walking through part of the burn scar from Las Conchas Fire in 2011. It will be a good opportunity to see part of nature’s recovery process in action.  Numbers are limited. Call the Visitor Center (505) 672-3861 x 517 for details and to sign up.
  • 726   Explore the Stars: Join a ranger for a constellation tour and telescope viewing 9-11 p.m. at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater.
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