First Fee Free Day At Bandelier And Other Federal Areas Is Monday

Entry sign at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS


Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, Jan. 18,  and is this year’s first Fee Free Day at Bandelier National Monument and other National Park areas all over the country, that charge entrance fees, including the Valles Caldera National Preserve. At Bandelier, there also will be discounts at the bookstore and gift shop.
In addition, entry will be free at Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management sites where entrance fees are charged. This is the first fee free day for 2016, but there are many more through the year. For the National Park Service (NPS), the 2016 dates include April 16-24 for National Parks Week, Aug. 25-28 for the NPS’ 100th Anniversary,  Sept. 24 for Public Lands Day and Nov. 11 for Veterans Day. Fee Free days vary among the other agencies. 
On days when Bandelier is charging for entry, the entrance fees have changed this year. A 7-day pass for a private vehicle is now $20, while the annual pass that admits visitors in a private vehicle to Bandelier for a full year is now $40. There are also passes which apply not only to NPS sites but also Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and Army Corps of Engineers. 
The one-year America the Beautiful pass is still $80, and the Senior Pass for US residents or citizens 62 years old and above, which never needs to be renewed, is still $10. There also is a one-year, free, Military Pass for active-duty Service members, a free Access Pass for citizens with permanent disabilities, and a free one-year pass for 4th graders and their families. These can all be obtained at the Bandelier Visitor Center.
“For anyone who enjoys getting outdoors on a winter day that is expected to be mild and sunny, Monday should be ideal,” Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott said. “The main trail to the archeological sites has been cleared, the backcountry trails are snowy, and the cross-country ski trails have a good base.  Dress in layers, put on sunscreen and good shoes, and come visit!”
For questions about Bandelier, call the park Visitor Center at 505.672.3861 x 517. General information is available at the monument website at and news on Facebook or Twitter at BandelierNPS.