Frijoles Canyon reopens after floods

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By The Staff

Frijoles Canyon in Bandelier National Monument reopened to the public Thursday.

Bandelier staff began flood cleanup over the weekend and continued early this week to clear debris off the Main Loop Trail and the visitor parking lot after three different flood events. The public should expect a few changes in visitor services due to flooding.

Changes include:
• Bandelier National Monument will not charge entrance fees until further notice
• The public can access Frijoles Canyon via a shuttle service provided by Atomic City Transit. Visitors board the free shuttle at the White Rock Visitor Center beginning at 8:10 a.m., with the last shuttle leaving Frijoles Canyon at 5:10 p.m.
• The Main Loop Trail is open. Visitors can explore the ancestral pueblo cliff dwellings up to the site of Long House.
• Trails requiring creek crossing are closed including the Falls Trails and Alcove House. Bandelier staff continue to clear debris to ensure the area is safe for visitors.
• Bandelier’s backcountry, including more than 70 miles of trails, is open and can be accessed from Ponderosa Campground, N.M. 4, or Forest Road 289.
• Trails along N.M. 4 including Tsankawi are open and were not affected by flooding.
Bandelier National Monument encourages visitors to explore and enjoy the trails in the monument. Part of the beauty of places like Bandelier is witnessing the power of change brought on by natural forces like flooding.

For further information on the flooding event and current conditions call the Visitor Center at 672-3861, ext. 517.