A Bandelier National Monument Ranger shows a printed digital entrance pass. Photo Courtesy NPS
Visitors to Bandelier National Monument now have the option of purchasing park entrance passes through Recreation.gov prior to their visit. Whether visiting today or two months from now, digital passes allow park visitors to pay entrance fees ahead of time and reduce wait times at the Bandelier Entrance Station and Frijoles Canyon Visitor Center. Once purchased, passes are available immediately on mobile devices and as an easy to print PDF file sent to your email after completing the purchase. Bandelier digital passes must be printed off prior to visiting the park.
“We are very excited to offer Bandelier’s visitors the option of purchasing their entrance pass ahead of time through Recreation.gov. Now they can spend less time in line and more time enjoying their national park with their family,” Acting Superintendent Karl Cordova said.
Bandelier digital site passes include all 7-Day Entrance Passes as well as Bandelier Annual Park Passes.
- Bandelier Annual Pass – $45.00
- Private Vehicle Pass – $25.00
- Motorcycle Pass – $20.00
- Individual Pass – $15.00
Bandelier digital Site Passes can be purchased online at: https://www.recreation.gov/sitepass/bandelier, on your mobile device using the Recreation.Gov App, or by scanning the QR code on the attached pdf.
Your fee dollars help parks as 80 percent of fees collected at Bandelier, stay in the park and fund projects that address deferred maintenance, protect and rehabilitate natural and cultural resources, and improve the visitor experience.
Frijoles Canyon remains open to 50 percent capacity, based on the number of parking spots. Visitors may be required to return at a later time or encouraged to recreate in other areas of Bandelier or the surrounding areas when this capacity is reached. Parking for large RV’s in the canyon is very limited. Those with RV’s and trailers may park in the mesa top parking lot and hike down and back up the Frey Trail.
The park store managed by Western National Parks Association (WNPA) and the café, Sirphey’s at Bandelier, are also open.
While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders from the New Mexico Department of Health https://cv.nmhealth.org/, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.
Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on our website https://www.nps.gov/band/index.htm and social media channels. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus.
The following facilities and services remain closed:
- Ponderosa and Juniper Campgrounds
- Alcove House
- Bandelier Shuttle Bus System