Celebrate National Park Week at Bandelier April 19-27

View of Long House, Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

View of Tyuonyi Pueblo and nearby cavates, Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

All over the country, units of the National Park System will be celebrating National Park Week from April 19-27, including fee free days April 19-20 and Bandelier is joining in the festivities.

“Spring is a terrific time to be at Bandelier,” Superintendent Jason Lott said. “Come take a walk, attend a ranger activity, have a picnic, backpack in the Wilderness, or just sit in the sun in Frijoles Canyon. This week is a great opportunity to enjoy this treasure of our national heritage.”

National Park Week activities at Bandelier will include:

  • Saturday April 19, and Sunday April 20 Fee free days. No entry fees charged at Bandelier or other National Park Service fee sites nationwide.
  • Weekends, April 19-20 and 26-27 – Pueblo Crafts Demonstrators, Visitor Center back porch, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday – staff members will be interviewed on the morning show, 7:30-9 a.m. on Los Alamos radio station KRSN, AM 1490, FM 107.1
  • Tuesday 4/22, Wednesday 4/23, Friday 4/25 – Patio Talk, hands-on demonstration of use of traditional yucca brushes at 2 p.m.
  • Thursday 4/24, special movie in the Visitor Center theater, “Canes of Power” , about the Lincoln canes presented to Pueblo governors in 1863, symbols of authority and sovereignty. 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, 4/19 Guided Hike, Burnt Mesa Trail. Moderate off-trail hike with the park archeologist to look at some of the earliest and latest mesa-top Ancestral Pueblo sites. Four miles round trip 3 hours – need water, sunscreen, hat, food, good shoes. Details and sign-ups at Visitor Center, 505.672.3861 x 517.
  • Sunday, 4/20 Guided Hike, near Loop C in Juniper Campground. Moderate off-trail hike with the park archeologist to look at early and late mesa-top Ancestral Pueblo sites. Two hours – need water, sunscreen, hat, food, good shoes.  Details and sign-ups at Visitor Center, 505.672.3861 x 517.
  • Sunday, 4/20 Fire and Flood Hike: Strenuous hike from Ponderosa Campground to Upper Alamo crossing, up Alamo to the vicinity of the forks, and returning by the same route, with the purposes of traversing areas impacted by fire and floods, and viewing exposures of the Rabbit Hill volcanics. Meet at Ponderosa Group Campground at 8:30 a.m., expected return about 4:30 p.m., approximately 10 miles round trip, leaders Brian Jacobs (staff plant specialist) and geologist Elaine Jacobs. No group number limit or signups needed. Remember water, lunch and snacks, hat, sunscreen, appropriate clothing for weather.
  • Monday, 4/21 Guided hike to discuss historic and modern landscape conditions. Destination and difficulty will depend on the group.  Meet at the flagpole at 10 a.m.; 1 hour.
  • Monday, 4/21 Guided Hike, Off-trail cavates in Frijoles Canyon – somewhat strenuous hike to the Group M cavates near the Visitor Center. One hour, bring water and wear good shoes. Number limited; contact the Visitor Center, 505.672.3861 x 517 for details and to sign up.
  • Wednesday, 4/23 Guided hike to discuss historic and modern landscape conditions. Destination and difficulty will depend on the group. Meet at the flagpole at 10 a.m.; 1 hour.
  • Friday, 4/25 Guided hike to discuss historic and modern landscape conditions. Destination and difficulty will depend on the group. Meet at the flagpole at 10 AM; 1 hour.
  • Saturday, 4/26 Special Backcountry Hike. Join the Bandelier Trails Program Lead Dale Coker for a backcountry from the Burnt Mesa trailhead to Juniper Campground by way of Burnt Mesa Pueblo site.  Distance about 5 miles, fairly easy except for scrambling to cross two small canyons off-trail. Hike shuttle will be arranged by participants at start of trip. Numbers limited; call the Visitor Center 505.672.3861 x 517 for details and to sign up. 
  • Saturday, 4/26  Bandelier Pass Contest Event, the culmination of the competition to provide the image that will be used on the 2015 Bandelier Annual Pass. Everyone is invited to see all the images and find out the winners. Visitor Center Theater 4 p.m.
  • Sunday 4/27 Junior Ranger Day, Children and adults can come in to the Visitor Center, pick up a Junior Ranger activity book, and earn their patch all year ‘round; today there will be a special activity that can be done any time during the day. Check at the Visitor Center desk.

Bandelier National Monument is open 7 days/week. The Visitor Center hours are 9 a.m to 4:30 p.m., and the bookstore, gift shop, and snack bar are the same.  Frijoles Canyon is open dawn to dusk.  Juniper Campground is open, and reservations are not necessary. The shuttle buses will not begin running until late May, so visitors should drive on in to the Visitor Center parking lot; at mid-day there may be a wait for parking on very busy days.

Except on fee free days, entrance is $12 per private vehicle, and America the Beautiful, Bandelier, Active Duty Military, Senior, and Access passes are honored. During regular hours, check in at the Visitor Center; before- and after-hours, use the fee machine at the park entrance

For current information on the park, check the official website at www.nps.gov/band; for ongoing activities, check the Facebook page at BandelierNPS, and for questions, contact the Visitor Center at 505.672.3861 x 517.

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