Visit Bandelier Free on Martin Luther King Day

Cliff house at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


On Monday, Jan. 20, visitors may enjoy Bandelier as well as other national parks and monuments throughout the United States free of charge. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is the first of nine days throughout 2014 when all National Park Service sites will open their gates to visitors without charging entrance fees.

National Park Service entrance fee-free dates in 2014:

  • Jan. 20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Feb. 15-17: Presidents Day weekend
  • April 15-17: The first weekend of National Park Week
  • Aug. 25: Founders Day, The Birthday of the National Park Service
  • Sept. 27: Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 11: Veterans Day 

Fee Free day waivers apply to entrance fees, commercial entrance fees, and transportation entrance fees only. Other fees such as camping, tours and concession fees are not waived.

The standard entrance fee to Bandelier is $12 per vehicle and is good for seven days. Those planning a trip in 2014 that includes multiple national parks and monuments might consider buying the $80 annual America the Beautiful pass, which provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands. Those planning to visit Bandelier several times might consider the $30 annual Bandelier Pass. Passes are available at the Bandelier Visitor Center and the White Rock Visitor Center. 

Inquire at Bandelier Visitor Center for other Federal Recreational Lands Pass options, including a free pass offered to all active duty military members and their dependents, a senior pass for US residents 62 and over, an access pass for American citizens with permanent disabilities, and a pass for volunteers who have volunteered 250 hours or more at Federal agencies. Detailed information on these and other passes is also available online at

For more information about Bandelier National Monument, check the park website at, follow the Facebook page at BandelierNPS, or call the Visitor Center at 505-672-3861×517.