At Bandelier National Monument (National Park Service), no work projects are planned this year, and the emphasis is on exploring and enjoying this treasured part of the Jemez Mountains. Also, no entrance fees will be collected that day – Saturday, Sept. 30 and the bookstore will have everything on 15 percent discount.
According to Superintendent Jason Lott, “This is a terrific opportunity to come out to Bandelier. Take a day to celebrate the great outdoors and the lands that give us so much.”
Bandelier provides opportunities for short walks to see archeological sites, long hikes out into the Bandelier Wilderness, birdwatching, taking photos of plants, wildlife, expansive or up-close landscapes – and even sitting at a picnic table in the shade and just relaxing. For those considering camping in Juniper Campground, the evening will bring the unusual chance to walk over to the amphitheater and listen to a live performance of excerpts from Mozart’s “Abduction From The Seraglio” at the annual Opera On The Rocks – bring a camp chair!