Bandelier And Friends Of Bandelier Introduce New Wilderness Ranger

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Bandelier Wilderness Ranger Lori Young (1).jpgLori Young is serving as the Dorothy Hoard Wilderness Ranger at Bandelier National Monument for the summer season. Photo Courtesy NPS


Bandelier National Monument recently welcomed a new summer season ranger, Lori Young. Ranger Young will serve as the Dorothy Hoard Wilderness Ranger at Bandelier. The position is sponsored by the Friends of Bandelier as a memorial to the founder of the organization, Dorothy Hoard, who was also instrumental in the designation of the Bandelier Wilderness.

According to Bandelier Supt. Jason Lott, “Many people know of Dorothy because of her guidebook to hiking in the park. It’s so appropriate to have a ranger specifically for the wilderness, to help visitors appreciate and understand it as Dorothy did.”

Young is no stranger to being called a ranger, having worked seasonally for the National Park Service and outdoor industry since 2011 in such varied positions as: Interpretive Ranger, Dog Handler, Educator and Bird Caretaker. Lori also brings her extensive experience as a backcountry hiker in the American Southwest and as personal trainer and guide to her position at Bandelier.

Although there are over 70 miles of trails within the park’s 33,000 acres, the majority of visitors rarely venture beyond the Visitor Center and the Main Loop Trail. Ranger Young will lead interpretive programs and hikes into backcountry areas, providing opportunities for visitors who might not otherwise venture away from the paved trails.

Please check the Bandelier National Monument webpage at for more information about upcoming backcountry programs, follow the park Facebook page at BandelierNPS, or call the Bandelier Visitor Center at 505-672-3861 x 517

For information about Bandelier National Monument, contact the Bandelier Visitor Center at 505-672-3861 x 517 or visit, on Facebook, BandelierNPS.

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