Bandelier National Monument is hosting a Wilderness Cleanup day Monday, Sept. 26 to celebrate National Public Lands Day (NPLD) and to recognize September as National Wilderness Month.
A group of park staff and volunteers will meet at 7 a.m. at Ponderosa Campground, just off N.M. 4, mile marker 50 (near the intersection of N.M. 4 and 501). The cleanup will consist of a 4-mile round trip hike to remove old research equipment and debris from backcountry wilderness areas. The cleanup will consist of a 4-mile round trip hike to remove old research equipment and debris from backcountry wilderness areas. This hike includes a 500-foot elevation gain, each way, into and out of Frijoles Canyon.
Due to the nature of the cleanup project, volunteers should be in a good physical condition and be able to hike up to 4 miles with a heavy pack. Volunteers should bring a lunch, 2 liters of water, hat and sun protection, long sleeves, gloves, and eye protection. Anyone interested in volunteering or with questions about this event, should contact Wilderness Ranger Mark Peterson at (505).672.3861 x1442 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Entrance fees are waived for volunteers on this day of work.
Bandelier National Monument is open every day from sunrise to sunset. In Frijoles Canyon, the park visitor center and the park store (operated by Western National Parks Association) is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the café, Sirphey at Bandelier, is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
Park entrance fees are $25 per private vehicle, $20 per motorcycle, or $15 per bicycle/individual. All entrancepasses are valid for 7 days. Campingfees are not included in entrancefees. 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.