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The busy season has arrived at Bandelier National Monument, with over 500 visitors per day arriving in Frijoles Canyon to explore the Ancestral Pueblo sites and enjoy the spring weather.
A number of events have been planned through the rest of the year for visitors to enjoy.
In April, National Park Week (April 20-28) is a good time to visit Bandelier and other national parks and monuments. To promote events at parks and monuments, April 22-26 will be “Fee Free Days,” with no fees charged for entry to national parks and monuments around the nation.
This year, Bandelier National Monument will again have a summer shuttle service. Beginning on May 24, visitors arriving between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. will park at the new White Rock Visitor Center in White Rock on N.M. 4 to pay their entrance fees and ride the shuttle (no additional charge) to the monument. Visitation is already filling the parking area in Frijoles Canyon, and the shuttles will help relieve congestion once the summer season arrives.
Some highlights of this year’s events will include a number of trail hikes, as well as star programs. The Nightwalk will take place on Friday nights in July and August, starting from Bandelier Visitor Center.
On Sept. 21, the Los Alamos Opera Guild will host Opera on the Rocks at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater, and on Oct. 6, the popular Fall Fiesta will take place around the Bandelier Visitor Center in Frijoles Canyon, with many cultural demonstrators showing and selling their artwork.
Bandelier National Monument has an entrance fee of $6 per person, or $12 for groups of six or fewer people traveling together.
Annual passes to Bandelier are available for $30, and the America the Beautiful Pass to all federal fee areas is available for $80.
A lifetime Senior Pass is available to citizens over the age of 62 for $10.
Other passes are available, and information may be found at nps.gov.