Bandelier National Monument Announces Public Programs For Summer 2021

The San Miguel Mountains as seen from Bandelier Burro trail. Photo Courtesy NPS


Bandelier will begin offering a variety of programs to the public this summer.  “As covid restrictions have relaxed, Bandelier is anxious to provide the programming visitors want so they can learn more about this park’s amazing resources.  We invite the public to include one or more of these activities in their planned visit to Bandelier,” says acting superintendent Dennis Milligan. 

Cultural Demonstration Programs- Bandelier will be offering weekend cultural demonstration programs again this summer after a hiatus last year due to covid. The cultural demonstration program brings local craftspeople from the nearby Pueblos to share traditional skills such as making pottery and flint knapping. Demonstrations will be held most weekends from now through Labor Day weekend behind the Bandelier Visitor Center from 9:30 AM to 4 PM. Craft items will also be for sale. 

August 7 and 8           Dolores and Josephine Toya, Jemez Pueblo, pottery  

August 14 and 15       Roger and Diane Candelaria, San Felipe Pueblo, pottery  

August 21 and 22       Harvey Abeyta, Santo Domingo Pueblo, flint knapping  

August 28 and 29       Sharon Garcia, Santa Clara Pueblo, pottery 

September 4, 5, & 6   Harvey Abeyta and Priscilla Nieto, Santo Domingo Pueblo, flint knapping and jewelry 

 Backcountry Guided Hikes – Hike into Bandelier’s expansive backcountry with a ranger and learn about the park’s diverse resources. 

  • Reservations required – call the Bandelier Visitor Center (505) 672-3861, ext. 0. There is a limit of 10 people on each hike. 
  • All mileage information is round trip 
  • Participants must wear sturdy boots or hiking shoes and be in good physical condition to handle elevation gains in and out of the canyon. Bring a pack including 2-3 liters of water, multiple snacks/bars (in some cases a lunch), a rain jacket, sunscreen, hat, any necessary medications. Safety briefings will be given at the start of each hike. 

7/24 Hike: Frijolito Loop Start: 10:00 am Duration: 3 miles, 2 hours 

7/31 Hike: Alamo Canyon Loop Start: 8:00 am Duration: 14 miles, 7 hours
8/7 Hike: Frijoles Narrows Start: 9:00 am Duration: 8 miles, 4 hours
8/14 Hike: Alamo Canyon Loop Start: 8:00 am Duration: 14miles, 7 hours

8/21 Hike: Falls Trail Start: 10:00 am Duration: 3 miles, 2 hours
8/28 Hike: Yapashi loop Start: 8:00 am Duration: 16 miles, 8 hours
9/4 Hike: Burnt Mesa Start: 10:00 am Duration: 5.6 miles, 4 hours
9/11 Hike: Falls Trail Start: 10:00 am Duration: 3 miles, 2 hours
9/18 Hike: Mid alamo canyon Start: 9:00 am Duration: 7 miles, 4 hours
9/25 Hike: Frijoles Narrows Start: 9:00 am Duration: 8 miles, 4 hours
10/2 Hike: Alamo Canyon Loop Start: 8:00 am Duration: 14miles, 7 hours
10/9 Hike: Falls Trail Start: 10:00 am Duration: 3 miles, 2 hours
10/16 Hike: Yapashi loop Start: 8:00 am Duration: 16 miles, 8 hours
10/23 Hike: Mid alamo canyon Start: 9:00 am Duration: 7 miles, 4 hours 

Night Sky Programs – Want a break from Netflix? Come try NightSkyFlix! Rangers at Bandelier National Monument will be presenting night sky programs several times a month, starting in July. All programs will run for approximately an hour and will take place at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater parking lot. These events are free but require a reservation. Please call or visit the Visitor Center at (505) 672-3861 x0 to reserve your spot. The parking lot will be open half an hour prior to listed show times so visitors can arrive and set up before the program begins. 

Sunday, July 11, 9:00 PM – Constellations Program
Sunday, July 25, 9:30 PM – Full Moon Program
Sunday, Aug 8, 8:30 PM – Constellations Program
Thursday, Aug 12, 8:30 PM (Rain Date: Friday Aug 13) – Perseid Meteor Shower Program
Sunday Aug 22, 8:30 PM – Full Moon Program
Sunday, Sep 5, 8:00 PM – Constellations Program
Sunday, Sep 19, 7:30 PM – Full Moon Program 

Park entrance fees are $25 per private vehicle, $20 per motorcycle, or $15 per bicycle/individual. All entrance passes are valid for 7 days. Camping fees are not included in entrance fees. America the Beautiful 

– the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes are accepted for entrance feesThe full suite of America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes as well as Bandelier Annual passes are available for purchase at the visitor center. For more information about types of passes and prices, visit:

Bandelier National Monument is open every day from sunrise to sunset. The park store operated by Western National Parks Association is open each day, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. The café is open 7 days a week, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. 

For information about Bandelier visit, call the visitor center, 505-672-3861, ext. 0.  Like us on Facebook BandelierNPS, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @BandelierNPS.   

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