Bandelier National Monument is offering two more programs celebrating the park’s Centennial: a tour of the historic structures, and an evening opportunity for skywatching Saturday, April 9.
At 1 p.m., Saturday, the head of the park’s Historic Preservation crew will lead a walk to look at the Pueblo Revival style stone buildings built in Frijoles Canyon by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. No signups are required. The walk meets at 1 p.m. in front of the Visitor Center, and participants should bring water and wear comfortable shoes. The walk is expected to last 1-2 hours, and there is no charge except for the usual park entry fee.
That evening, there will be a Star Party as part of national Dark Sky Week. Numerous telescopes will be set up in the parking lot of the amphitheater in Juniper Campground to give visitors the chance to look at celestial sights that may include stars, planets, galaxies, and lots of dark matter. It will be open-house style; visitors can arrive any time between 8 p.m. and around 10 p.m., look in lots of telescopes, and go home when they get cold or sleepy. There is no charge.
For more information on happenings at Bandelier, check the website.