Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott has announced that beginning Thursday, Nov. 24, the park’s backcountry trails will be open for hiking.
According to Lott, “Between the Las Conchas Fire in June and the floods that followed it, the Bandelier Wilderness is a much wilder place than it used to be, beautiful but in a different way than before. Hikers are now welcome to go out and explore, but they’ll need to be prepared for rough conditions.”
Flames from the huge wildfire passed through almost two-thirds of the park, and were followed by severe flash flooding in all the canyons. Many sections of trail, especially switchbacks down steep slopes, are severely eroded and rough or destroyed.