Bandelier Announces Winter Solstice Walks For 2022

Petroglyphs in Frijoles Canyon. Photo Courtesy NPS


The days are getting shorter, which means that the winter solstice is nearly here! Bandelier National Monument will once again, be presenting the well-liked Winter Solstice Walks from Tuesday, December 20 to Thursday, December 22. The programs will start in front of the visitor center in Frijoles Canyon at 7:15 am and 1:50 pm on all three days.  

“Even though the winter solstice occurs on December 21, the sunrise and sunset will line up with a sun petroglyph in Frijoles Canyon on all three days,” said Superintendent Patrick Suddath. “It’s quite a spectacular thing to see.” 

Due to the program’s popularity, the number of walks has been increased and those wishing to attend are encouraged to call the park visitor center at 505-672-3861, ext. 0 ahead of time to RSVP. Walk-ups are still welcome. Visitors should dress warmly and be prepared to stand outside in the cold. Also don’t forget your camera and cell phones to take pictures! 

Bandelier National Monument is open every day from sunrise to sunset. In Frijoles Canyon, the park visitor center and the park store (operated by Western National Parks Association) are open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.    

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 fees. The 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: