Bandelier To Waive Entrance Fees Saturday In Honor Of Veterans Day

Upper Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument. Photo Courtesy NPS


Since 2006, Veterans Day has been a fee free day at Bandelier National Monument, this year is no exception. On Saturday, November 11, 2023, in honor of those who have served and sacrificed for our county, the National Park Service invites the public to remember and honor our veterans by waiving entrance fees on Veterans Day at all National Park Service. Fee free days provide opportunities to explore new places or enjoy a favorite. Out of more than 400 national parks, just over 100 charge an entrance fee. The entrance fee waiver for fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping. For more information, please visit:

Veterans and Gold Star Family members qualify for a free Interagency Lifetime Military pass that provides entry into more than 2000 federal public lands and waters, including all National Park Service sites. Lifetime Military passes cover all occupants of one private vehicle or up to 4 individuals at per person fee sites. Passes are valid for the lifetime of the pass holder. Lifetime Military passes may be obtained in-person at participating federal fee areas, including Bandelier. They may also be obtained online through the USGS store ($10 processing fee for passes obtained online). Current US Military and their dependents qualify for a free Annual Military pass with valid identification. For more information about the Lifetime and Annual Military passes, as well as accepted forms of ID, visit:

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The purpose of Bandelier National Monument is to protect, preserve, and interpret an outstanding portion of the Pajarito Plateau, including one of the largest concentrations of Ancestral Pueblo archaeological sites in the American Southwest. The park provides opportunities for people to connect with and enjoy a diversity of cultural and natural resources, striking scenery, wildlife habitats, remnants of a volcanic landscape, and wilderness.