Overview of entrance requirements
All visitors MUST have
The America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites across the United States. Passes cover entrance fees at lands managed by the National Park Service and US Fish & Wildlife Service and also standard amenity fees (day use fees) at lands managed by the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Army Corps of Engineers.
More about interagency passes
Standard Entrance Pass
All entrance passes are all valid for seven days and include access to all areas of the park, including Tsankawi. Children 15 years and younger are free. All digital Site Passes must be printed prior to arriving at Bandelier.
Pass covers all persons traveling in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle (car, truck, camper, or van up to 15 passengers). Auto passes are non-transferable and not replaced if lost or stolen. Entrance passes do not cover camping fees.
Pass covers a single motorcycle and up to two people. Motorcycle passes are non-transferable and not replaced if lost or stolen.
Pass covers per person entrance fee for those 16 years of age and older traveling on foot or by bicycle, or for individuals traveling together in a 16 passenger or greater vehicle as a non-commercial, organized group. Individual passes are non-transferable and not replaced if lost or stolen.
Annual Entrance - Park
Valid for one year from month of purchase. Admits passholder and passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle, or the pass holder plus up to 3 other people when entry is by other means (foot, bicycle). Non-transferable, non-refundable, not replaceable if lost or stolen.
2024 Fee-free Days
No entrance pass required on these days:
Your fee dollars help parks! 80% of fees collected at Bandelier stay in the park and are used to complete projects that improve the visitor experience, enhance recreation opportunities, restore cultural and natural resources, and address deferred maintenance projects.
Digital Site Passes
Group Entrance Fees
Groups arriving at Bandelier are charged entrance fees according to the type of group:
Commercial Groups (for profit or non-profit). Click here for more information
Non-commercial organized groups. Click here for more information
School or Educational groups. Click here for more information
Juniper Family Campground - $20/night per campsite; $10/night per campsite for Senior and Access Pass holders
Loop A is first come first serve, Loops B & C are available on Recreation.gov to reserve ahead of time or same day. For more information visit Juniper Family Campground.
Juniper Family Campgroup Group Campsites - $50/night per site
Two group sites accommodate 10-20 campers. Juniper Group Sites available by reservation only through Recreation.gov.
Ponderosa Group Campground - $50/night per site
Two group sites accommodate 10-50 campers. Ponderosa Group Sites available by reservation only through Recreation.gov.
Fee Free Days – 2023
The National Park Service will have five entrance fee-free days in 2023. The free admission days are designed to encourage discovery and visitation of the country’s variety of national parks. With at least one in every state, national parks are accessible places to visit to refresh body, mind and spirit.
America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes
An America the Beautiful - the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is your ticket to over 2000 federally managed recreation sites across the country. A pass covers entrance, standard amenity fees and day use fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person). Bandelier is proud to offer and honor the full suite of America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes.
Last updated: October 27, 2023