An opportunity for anyone looking for a day of challenging volunteer trail work is set for Sunday, June 24 at Bandelier National Monument.
Volunteers, along with the Bandelier trail crew, will hike about 1.5 miles out along the trail from the Visitor Center toward mid-Alamo Canyon to reset water bars and do other needed work.
Be sure to call ahead to the Visitor Center, 505-672-3861 x 517, to sign up. Volunteers must be at least 13, but no experience is needed.
Bring at least a gallon of water, as well as lunch, sunscreen, hat, and good boots.
Also on Sunday, June 24, there will be a hike up to Cerro Grande, returning off-trail to check out a possible alternate route.
Meet at the Cerro Grande trailhead at 8 a.m. The hike will be about five miles, moderately strenuous with 1,200 feet of elevation gain, from 9,000 feet to 10,200 feet.
Besides the usual outdoor necessities (water, lunch, sunscreen, rain gear, good boots) a walking stick may be useful on the off-trail portion.
On Fridays and Saturdays, there will be Evening Ranger Programs at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater, and non-campers are welcome, too.
Planned topics include:
- Friday June 22 at 8:30 p.m., “Connections”
- Saturday June 23 at 8:30 p.m., “Bandelier History From 1880-1916”
- Friday June 29 at 8:30 p.m., “Bandelier History from 1880-1916”
- Saturday June 30 at 8:30 p.m., “Bandelier Enchantment”
Wednesday evenings throughout the summer there will be Nightwalks, silent walks in the dark among the archeological sites, featuring poetry and storytelling.
Be sure to call the Visitor Center, 505-672-3861 x 517, for details and to sign up ahead.
For more information about these activities or other aspects of Bandelier National Monument, call the Visitor Center at 505-672-3861 x 517, or check the park website at www.nps.gov/band or Facebook page at BandelierNPS.