Bandelier National Monument Hosted More Than 90,000 Visitors In 2020

Bandelier National Monument welcomed more than 90,000 in 2020. Photo Courtesy NPS


Bandelier National Monument provided refuge from the pandemic by welcoming and offering outdoor recreation opportunities to 94,948 visitors in 2020. The number represents a 53% drop in visitation from the previous year due largely to temporary park closures and public health measures implemented in response to the on-going coronavirus pandemic.

Although Frijoles Canyon and Tsankawi were closed for several months due to the pandemic, other areas of Bandelier remained open, allowing visitors to recreate responsibly, get some fresh air, and stay active.

“This past year has reminded us how important national parks and public lands are to overall wellbeing,” said Paul DePrey, Acting Superintendent. “Bandelier, other National Park Service sites, and public lands across New Mexico were able to provide close-to-home opportunities for people to spend much needed time outdoors for their physical and psychological health.”

Bandelier National Monument – 2020 By the Numbers

• 94,948 recreation visits

• 374,236 recreation visitor hours

• 4762 overnight campers in campgrounds

• 232 overnight backcountry campers

• Busiest day: March 16 – 1217 visitors

Overall, the National Park Service welcomed 237 million visitors to America’s national parks in 2020, a 28% decrease from the previous year. For an in-depth look at 2020 visitation statistics, visit the National Park Service Social Science website. For national summaries and individual park figures, visit the National Park Service Visitor Use Statistics website.

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