Bandelier’s Mandatory Summer Shuttle Service Begins May 17

The free shuttle service from White Rock Visitor Center to Bandelier National Monument begins May 17. Photo Courtesy NPS


Bandelier National Monument is beginning its free summer shuttle service to  Frijoles Canyon on May 17, 2023. The shuttle, which visitors board at the White Rock Visitor  Center in nearby White Rock, is mandatory from 9 am to 3 pm daily except for those who meet one of the following exceptions: 

• Has a disability placard displayed on their vehicle 

• Are traveling with pets 

• Conducting park-related business 

• Organized commercial tour groups traveling in their own bus or van 

The shuttles first stop at the Frey Trailhead parking area, and then proceeds to the Bandelier  Visitor Center in Frijoles Canyon. It stops at the Frey Trailhead parking area again on its way  back to White Rock. It is approximately a 20-minute ride to and from Bandelier National  Monument. The shuttles run every half hour on weekdays and every 20 minutes on weekends. 

Visitors will be able to drive into Frijoles Canyon if they arrive before 9 am and after 3 pm. 

“Summer is one of our busiest times of the year,” said Superintendent Patrick Suddath. “The  shuttle service, which is provided by Atomic City Transit, alleviates traffic and parking  congestion in Frijoles Canyon. It also helps to protect park resources by reducing the amount of  pedestrian traffic on the trails.” He added that it helps visitors to have a more relaxed and  enjoyable visit. 

The shuttle is expected to stop running in mid-October 2023.