Bandelier National Monument. Photo Courtesy NPS
Entrance fees at Bandelier National Monument will be waived Sunday, August 25 to celebrate the National Park Service’s 103rd birthday!
Every year, Bandelier National Monument gets to celebrate two birthdays: the park was authorized on February 11, 1916, and the National Park Service was established the same year on August 25, now known as Founders Day.
According to Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott, “The agency now cares for over 415 of the most significant and amazing historical, cultural, and natural areas in the country. They range from Yellowstone and Carlsbad Caverns to the Washington Monument, from Gettysburg and Hawai’i Volcanoes to the Martin Luther King Memorial, and from Little Bighorn Battlefield and Grand Canyon, to Bandelier.”
To celebrate the agency’s birthday, Sunday is a fee free day, with no entrance fees being charged throughout the entire National Park System. The other fee free days remaining this year are National Public Lands Day, September 28 and Veterans Day, November 11. Items in the park store, located in the Bandelier Visitor Center and managed by Western National Parks Association (WNPA), will be 15 percent off.
Rangers will be presenting an Astronomy Program with telescopes available to view the night sky on Sunday evening in the Juniper Campground Amphitheater and parking lot.
Visitors who decide to go to Bandelier should remember that throughout the summer, anyone arriving at the park between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. will need to catch the shuttle bus from the White Rock Visitor Center.
For more details or other information about Bandelier National Monument, contact the Bandelier Visitor Center at 505-672-3861 x 517 or visit www.nps.gov/band, on Facebook, BandelierNPS.
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