Dorothy Hoard, author, artist, historian and Friend of Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS


Bandelier National Monument and the family of Dorothy Hoard invite the community to attend the Celebration of Life for Dorothy Hoard at 11 a.m., March 25 at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater in Bandelier National Monument.

A reception provided by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Los Alamos Historical Society, and with music by the Craig Martin Experience, will follow the celebration. Bandelier entrance fees will be waived for those attending the celebration.

Hoard passed away March 3 after a short illness. In addition to her professional career, she was a celebrated naturalist, historian, artist, and author. Her efforts to document and protect the wonders of the Northern New Mexico region earned her the designation of “Living Treasure of Los Alamos” in 2002.

She was one of the founders of the Friends of Bandelier and a long-time driving force in the protection of the monument’s beauty, cultural resources, and wilderness.

“Not only was Dorothy a ‘Treasure’ for Los Alamos, she was Bandelier’s best Friend, the heart of our wilderness and trails, and always our advocate. She will be dearly missed,” Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott said.

The Historical Society and Public Access Channel 8 will provide a booth where participants will have an opportunity to record their stories about Hoard. After the celebration and reception, staff at the Monument will provide a guided walk on the nearby Tyuonyi Overlook Trail.

Because so many people are expected and the parking at the amphitheater is extremely limited, participants should plan to take the free shuttle busses that Bandelier is providing from the parking lot of the White Rock Visitor Center. Overflow parking will be available at the lot on the corner of Rover Boulevard and N.M. 4. Four full-size busses will make the first pickup in White Rock at 9:15 a.m., and then return for a second pickup at 10:20 a.m.

Participants are encouraged to plan to take the first pickup to lessen the chances of not having enough room on the second one. Taking the early pickup will give participants the opportunity to take a short walk in the amphitheater area or just enjoy the spring weather in the Monument. After the ceremony and reception activities, the first returning shuttle pickup will depart Bandelier at 2 p.m. and the second pickup will be at 3 p.m. In addition, the Los Alamos Senior Center will be bringing seniors to the event in their van; seniors interested in riding with them must call 505.662.8922 for reservations. 

In the event of inclement weather, the celebration will be held at the Los Alamos Christian Church, 92 East Road, in Los Alamos. Hoard’s family wishes to express their appreciation to Bandelier National Monument, PEEC, the Los Alamos Historical Society, the Craig Martin Experience and Teralene Foxx for making this celebration possible.

For information on the Celebration or Bandelier in general, call the Bandelier Visitor Center at 505.672.3861 x 517.