Every year National Park Service areas all over the country celebrate National Park Week in April with events and activities.
This year is special since it is also the Centennial year for Bandelier National Monument as well as the National Park Service itself. Nationwide from April 16-24 NPS areas will be fee-free, with no entrance fees being charged, for nine days.
At Bandelier, National Park Week activities will include:
• A special presentation of all the entries of artwork for the 2017 Bandelier Annual Pass, along with announcement of the winners, Saturday, April 16, at 4 p.m. in the Visitor Center theater.
• Interviews with staff members on local AM station KRSN, am1490 and fm107.1, each morning of the week, 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday and Friday.
• “Secrets of the Museum” tours at 1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Visitor Center, indoors, 30-45 minutes, no signups needed.
• “Geology and Botany of the Falls Trail” at noon on Saturday, April 16, Thursday, and Friday. Participants should bring water and wear a hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes. It will be three miles, last two to three hours, moderate difficulty and no signups are needed.