Every year National Park Service (NPS) areas all over the country celebrate National Park Week in April with events and activities.
This year is extra special since it is also the Centennial year for Bandelier National Monument as well as the National Park Service itself. Nationwide from April 16-24 NPS areas will be fee-free, with no entrance fees being charged, for the whole nine days.
At Bandelier, National Park Week activities will include:
A special presentation of all the entries of artwork for the 2017 Bandelier Annual Pass, along with announcement of the winners, Saturday April 16 at 4 p.m., in the Visitor Center theater.
Interviews with staff members on KRSN, am1490 and fm107.1, each morning of the week, 7:30 a.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday and 8:30 a.m., Wednesday and Friday.
“Secrets of the Museum” tours at 1:30 p.m.. Monday-Friday at the Visitor Center, indoors, 30-45 minutes, no signups needed.
“Geology and Botany of the Falls Trail” at noon, Saturday April 16, Thursday April 21, and Friday April 22. Participants should bring water, and wear a hat, sunscreen, and comfortable shoes. It will be 3 miles, last 2-3 hours, moderate difficulty, and no signups are needed.
Booksigning with author Paul Secord for his book of historic photos of Bandelier, 1 p.m., Saturday April 23 in the Bookstore. On that day everything in the Bookstore will be on 15 percent discount.
And two activities that require sign-ups:
Ranger-guided backcountry hike on the Burro Trail, Saturday April 23, moderate difficulty, 8-10 miles.
And Moonlight Hike on the Tyuonyi Overlook trail, 2.5 miles roundtrip, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 23.
For more information about Bandelier and National Park Week, check the park website at www.nps.gov/band; the park Facebook page provides current information at BandelierNPS.