Bandelier’s Free Mandatory Summer Shuttle Service Begins June 14

Bandelier National Monument free, mandatory shuttle goes into service June 14. Photo Courtesy NPS


After a brief delay, Bandelier National Monument is beginning its free summer shuttle service to Frijoles Canyon on June 14.

“We are pleased to offer this service to our visitors as in past summers,” said Superintendent Patrick Suddath. “This is one of our busiest times of the year. Parking and traffic congestion in Frijoles Canyon is a chronic issue and the shuttle service helps us to alleviate that. Atomic City Transit and Los Alamos County have been invaluable partners in providing this service.” 

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.  

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