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The Memorial Day holiday marks the beginning of the summer season at Bandelier National Monument, with the shuttle buses beginning on Friday, and special activities happening throughout the weekend.
“If you haven’t been to Bandelier lately, this is a good time to come,” park Superintendent Jason Lott said. “You can catch a free bus in White Rock, relax and enjoy the scenery on the way to and from the park, and have a leisurely day with the family in Frijoles Canyon.”
The shuttle buses begin running on Friday morning. From then until mid-October, visitors will need to go to the White Rock Visitor Center Complex to catch the free buses into the Frijoles Canyon area of Bandelier. Buses will run every 20 minutes, seven days a week, with the first run from White Rock at 8:20 a.m. and the last bus leaving the park at 5:10 p.m.
There is now a bus stop at the Frey Trail trailhead in Juniper Campground, where bus riders can stop off and walk out on the Tyuonyi Overlook Trail and then catch another bus into the canyon, or hike down the Frey Trail to the canyon bottom and later catch a bus back to White Rock. Visitors arriving at the park before 9 a.m. or after 3 p.m. can drive into the canyon area.
Saturday will be the kick-off for the new Adopt-A-Trail program, providing interested people with the opportunity to monitor park trails or help with maintaining them. The event on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon, will include an informational meeting and a ranger-led hike on the Frijoles Canyon trail. To participate, contact Ranger Claudia Brookshire at 672-3861, ext. 512, or firstname.lastname@example.org.