Bandelier Celebrates 43 Years Of Wilderness And International Archaeology Day, Guided Walks Planned

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Every October the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and archaeological organizations around the world present programs and activities to provide people with a chance to uncover the past and experience the thrill of discovery.

Bandelier will be celebrating International Archaeology Day ( on Saturday, Oct. 19 by hosting a guided walk on the Main Loop Trail in Frijoles Canyon. Join Park Archaeologist, Jamie Civitello, at 9am in front of the Bandelier Visitor Center for a easy, hour long walk. Jamie will highlight the history of archaeological work in Frijoles Canyon over the past 100+ years and discuss the Pueblo landscape surrounding the trail.

On Sunday, Oct. 20, celebrate the 43rd anniversary of wilderness designation at Bandelier! Join Wilderness Ranger, Lori Young, at 11 a.m. at the Falls Trail trail head for her last hike of the season. This will be an easy to moderate 4 mile round trip hike into Bandelier wilderness with views of the Rio Grande surrounded by intriguing geology and opportunities to see bighorn sheep, peregrine falcons, and other wildlife. Wear sturdy shoes or boots, bring water and snacks. Call the visitor center to reserve your spot on this hike.

The 2019 shuttle season is over and will resume again mid-May 2020. The autumn weather has been wonderful at Bandelier. Parking in the Frijoles Canyon parking lots, including the Cottonwood Picnic Area, is limited. Visitors arriving before 10 a.m. and after 2 p.m. have the best chance of finding a spot.

For details or information, contact the Bandelier Visitor Center at 505-672-3861 x 517, check the website at, or follow the park Facebook page at BandelierNPS.

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Bandelier Wilderness Ranger Lori Young (4).jpgJoin Bandelier National Monument Wilderness Ranger, Lori Young, at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Falls Trail trail head for her last hike of the season. Photo Courtesy NPS