A green, white, and orange bus.
Shuttle buses operate seasonally and run on the weekends and holidays.


Bandelier National Monument's shuttle is seasonally operated, typically running from mid-May to mid-October. The shuttle is mandatory from 9 am to 3 pm daily and picks up at the White Rock Visitor Center and brings you to the park. The shuttle buses run every 30 minutes on weekdays and every 20 minutes on weekends. The last shuttle leaves the Bandelier National Monument Visitor Center at 5 pm. These shuttles are operated in partnership with Atomic City Transit in Los Alamos County.

There is no charge for riding the shuttle but all normal entry fees still apply for entering the park. Fees are based on the vehicle visitors arrive to the shuttle in, which is not a per person basis usually. All visitors are required to check in at the Bandelier Visitor Center when they arrive in the park.

Are there exceptions to taking the shuttle?

Yes. Shuttle exceptions include:

  • Visitors can drive in before 9 am and after 3 pm
  • Bicycles
  • Anyone with Handicap Placard
  • Anyone seeking an Overnight Backcountry Permit
  • All Commercial Groups
  • Educational Groups in a Bus or Van
  • Anyone on Official Park Business
  • Campers only going to Juniper Campground or the Juniper Campground Shuttle Stop

Why is there a shuttle?

Bandelier National Monument began utilizing a mandatory shuttle in Summer 2012 to help alleviate parking congestion and to prevent the need to turn cars around when the parking lots were full. The shuttle allows the park to accomodate more visitors.

Does the shuttle take me directly to Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites?

No. The shuttle only provides transportation between the White Rock Visitor Center and the Bandelier National Monument Visitor Center during the busy season (typically mid-May to mid-October).

Can I drive anywhere else in the park?

Yes. You can still drive into a number of areas of the park any time of the day including Juniper Campground, Tsankawi, and to the many trails outside of Frijoles Canyon located along NM Highway 4. Remember the park closes at sunset, so plan to leave before that time.


Bandelier National Monument Shuttle Schedule

Bandelier shuttle schedule
Bandelier National Monument shuttle schedule.

Last updated: July 9, 2024

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15 Entrance Road

Los Alamos, NM 87544


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