Bandelier National Monument Reopens Visitor Center And Announces Summer Ranger Programs

Bandelier visitor center reopened today and the museum and theater are once again available. Post file photo


Bandelier National Monument’s visitor center in Frijoles Canyon has reopened to park visitors beginning today, Tuesday, June 15.

The museum and theater are once again available, with the park film showing at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. daily.

The visitor center is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., seven days a week.

Beginning Thursday, July 1, Bandelier will offer free ranger guided hikes of the Pueblo Loop Trail. Guided hikes will be offered 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. most days during the summer. Night sky programs also will be presented at the amphitheater in Juniper Family Campground twice each month July through September.

Complete program schedule and reservation instructions for night sky programs will be available on the park’s website later this month.

“We are very excited to resume normal operations and reopen Bandelier’s visitor center,” acting Bandelier Superintendent Dennis Milligan. “Park rangers are looking forward to sharing the stories of this special place with our visitors as they get out and explore their National Parks this summer.”

There is no scheduled date to begin the mandatory shuttle from White Rock to Frijoles Canyon.

Shuttle service will start at least two weeks following the release of updated guidance regarding public transit from the New Mexico Department of Health.

Private vehicle traffic is being allowed into Frijoles Canyon until the shuttle is running. However, due to high visitation levels during the summer, the parking lot may fill up and visitors may be asked to return later in the day.  

Park rangers encourage visitors to plan their trip to Bandelier outside the peak visitation hours of 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to increase chances of parking being available.  

Park entrance fees are $25 per private vehicle, $20 per motorcycle, or $15 per bicycle/individual.

All entrance passes are valid for seven days. Camping fees are not included in entrance fees. America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes are accepted for entrance fees. 

The full suite of America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes as well as Bandelier Annual passes are available for purchase at the visitor center. For more information about types of passes and prices, visit