Every year the National Park Service (NPS) offers several days when the public is invited to visit fee free – that is, no entrance fees are charged.
Bandelier National Monument and the other approximately 120 NPS areas that charge entrance fees invite everyone to enjoy this year’s first fee-free day Monday, Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It will also be fee free at lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Reclamation.
“Mid-January is usually a very quiet time at Bandelier,” according to Superintendent Jason Lott. “The weather forecast suggests that it will be mild and sunny, so it might be a very nice time to come and take a peaceful walk in Frijoles Canyon or on one of the other park trails.”
The next special event at Bandelier will be the Winter Sky Party on the night of Saturday, Feb. 17. From 6-10 p.m. there will be giant telescopes set up in the Amphitheater parking lot and a campfire with hot chocolate and cider to ward away the chill.
Other NPS fee free days this year are April 21, the first day of National Park Week; Sept. 22, Public Lands Day; and Nov. 11, Veterans Day.