Bandelier National Monument protects over 33,000 acres (13,355 ha) of rugged but beautiful canyon and mesa country outside of Los Alamos, NM. There is evidence of a human presence here going back over 11,000 years. Petroglyphs, dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs, and standing masonry walls pay tribute to the early days of a culture that still survives in the surrounding communities.
**Due to COVID-19, park operating hours and access to certain areas may change. Visit the park website or call the Visitor Center for updates. https://www.nps.gov/band/ or (505) 672-3861All visitors 16 years of age and older are required to pay an entrance fee at Bandelier National Monument.
Bandelier National Monument is a per vehicle entrance fee park. Individual passes are NOT required in addition to private vehicle passes or motorcycle passes.Passes must be printed off prior to visiting Bandelier. There is no WiFi at Bandelier and cell phone coverage is very sparse inside Frijoles Canyon. Please be prepared to show your hard copy pass to park staff at the Entrance Station (when staffed) or inside the Visitor Center. After checking in at the Entrance Station or Visitor Center, all passes must be displayed on the vehicle dashboard and be visible through the windshield at all times while in the park.
**In accordance with state and local public health guidance, shuttle service is not in service at this time. Private vehicle traffic is permitted into Frijoles Canyon.*** From mid-May to mid-October Bandelier operates a MANDATORY, free shuttle bus service between 9am and 3pm from the White Rock Visitor Center in White Rock, NM to the park. Access to Frijoles Canyon is by shuttle bus only during this time unless accessible parking is needed.
Current Visitor Center Hours are 9 AM to 4:30 PM.
Frijoles Canyon, Tsankawi, and all park trails are open to recreation from dawn to dusk. Backpacking permits are required for overnight use and must be obtained up to 1 hour before closing at the Frijoles Canyon Visitor Center for any overnight stays in the park's backcountry. *Due to COVID-19, at this time backcountry permits may only be obtained over the phone. Call (505) 672-3861for more info.* Juniper Family Campground and Ponderosa Group Campground are open 24 hours.Passes are non-transferrable, non-refundable, not replaceable if lost or stolen, and are void if altered or reproduced.