Monday will be this year’s last day of shuttle bus service from White Rock to Bandelier National Monument.
The busy season at Bandelier is now over, according to monument officials, and visitors will again be allowed to drive to the Visitor Center during the day.
In June 2011, the Las Conchas Fire burned over 156,500 acres in the Jemez Mountains, including about two-thirds of the Bandelier backcountry.
With the watersheds burned bare, summer rains brought huge flash floods down the canyons.
Because of safety concerns and damage caused by flooding at Bandelier, vehicle parking is limited.
One of the structures damaged because of flooding was the bridge that allowed visitors to make use of parking spaces on the far side of the creek.
Without it, the monument had far fewer spaces than needed during its busy season, and visitors would have spent hours waiting in line for parking.
To make up for those parking issues, the shuttle system was begun and continued in the succeeding summers, a cooperative effort between Atomic City Transit, Los Alamos County and Bandelier.
This year between the start date in late May and the end date in late October, the shuttles carried more than 45,500 passengers.