Important Covid Information Including Mask Requirements

a view of a narrow canyon with a circular set of walls from an Ancestral Pueblo village
The village of Tyuonyi and Talus House are found on the Main Pueblo Loop Trail.


Due to the increase in COVID-19 transmission rates and in support of guidance to help reduce its spread, Bandelier will temporarily limit indoor services. Effective October 27, the visitor center is open as is the museum to a limited number of visitors at a time. The theater remains temporarily closed. Visitors are required to wear a mask in all facilities - Visitor Center, Cafe and Park Store. The cafe's winter ( Nov - Feb) hours are Tues - Fri 11 AM - 3 PM. All trails and outdoor areas are open.

Usually, Bandelier operates a required shuttle service mid-May through mid-October due to limited parking in Frijoles Canyon. However all shuttle services have now ended for the year. 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.

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photo by sally king

Summer Visits
Summer weather in Bandelier is hot and dry in June then afternoon thunderstorms crop up in July and August. Bring plenty of water when hiking as well as a hat and sunscreen. Biting insects are uncommon so bug spray is not usually required. In late summer (July, August, and Sept) it is wise to begin a long hike early in the day before storms develop in the afternoon with heavy downpours, volumous hail, and dangerous lightning. Heavy rains can cause flashflooding in all the park canyons. Although this threat increased dramatically after the Las Conchas Fire in 2011 burned the upper watershed of the park canyons, the risk is slowly returning to normal as vegetation regrows. Watch for wildlife including black bear and rattlesnakes. Keep a safe distance of at least 50 yards.

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Map showing location of shuttle pick up and drop off at White Rock visitor center

Last updated: November 2, 2021

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Bandelier National Monument
15 Entrance RD

Los Alamos , NM 87544


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