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Superintendent Jason Lott has announced that Bandelier National Monument will stay closed this weekend, February 4 through 6, because the main water supply has frozen, and to help prevent potential complications due to the statewide energy crisis. All non-essential staff have been dismissed from the monument. Remaining staff will be monitoring the situation, and will work to restore water to the park when the pipeline system begins to thaw.
The situation will be reassessed on Sunday, February 6, to determine if further actions need to be taken. Superintendent Lott hopes to re-open the park on Monday. Although water is unlikely to be restored by then, water stations and temporary restroom facilities will be available to visitors.
Until the deep freeze and energy crisis end, visitors are advised to call 505-672-3861, ext. 517 for further updates on closures or delays.
Bandelier’s visitor center is normally open daily from 9:00 A.M. until 4:30 P.M. Bandelier’s entrance fee is $12 per private car and is valid for 7 days. America the Beautiful, Senior, Access, Volunteer and Bandelier annual passes are honored for entrance. For general park information about Bandelier National Monument, call the visitor center at (505) 672-3861, ext 517, visit Bandelier’s website at www.nps.gov/band, or become a fan at www.facebook.com/BandelierNPS