On Feb. 11, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the legislation authorizing the creation of Bandelier National Monument.
The first event of a yearlong celebration is Thursday, when park staff and the Friends of Bandelier will be handing out cupcakes at Smith’s Marketplace.
That may seem like rather a low-key event for such a major celebration, but Superintendent Jason Lott has his reasons.
“We didn’t try to make a big anniversary for Feb. 11. We tried to make it a year’s worth of events and opportunities,” Lott said.
“So we were very careful about how we invested our available funding this year to make sure we could provide great experiences throughout the year, everything from our wilderness ranger to enhancing our existing programs, such as the citizenship ceremony, the Bandelier Opera.”
Bandelier will have a dual celebration this year, as it joins the rest of the national park system in celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service, which was created on Aug. 25, 1916. One activity already planned for Founders Day is a hike from Dome Peak led by Craig Martin, president of the Friends of Bandelier. Martin led the same hike to celebrate the 90th anniversary.