Fall colors on display recently in Upper Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
Since 2006, Veterans Day has been a fee free day at Bandelier National Monument, this year is no exception.
In honor of those who have served and sacrificed for our county, the National Park Service invites the public to remember and honor our veterans by waiving entrance fees on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, at all National Park Service.
Fee free days provide opportunities to explore new places or enjoy a favorite. Out of more than 400 national parks, just over 100 charge an entrance fee. The entrance fee waiver for fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping.
For more information, visit: https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm.
Veterans and Gold Star Family members as well as active-duty military and their dependents qualify for a free Interagency Annual Military pass that provides entry into more than 2,000 federal public lands and waters, including all National Park Service sites.
Annual Military passes cover all occupants of one private vehicle or up to four individuals at fee sites. Passes are valid for 12 months. Annual Military passes may be obtained in-person with valid veteran or military ID at participating federal fee areas, including Bandelier. They may also be obtained online through the USGS store ($10 processing fee for passes obtained online).
For more information about the Annual Military pass and accepted forms of ID, visit: https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/veterans-and-gold-star-families-free-access.htm.
Bandelier National Monument is open every day from sun up to sunset. The visitor center in Frijoles Canyon is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The park store operated by Western National Parks Association is open each day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The café is open 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.