Bandelier National Monument

Bandelier National Monument

Quick Facts

Bandelier National Monument

New Mexico

(505) 672-3861

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Things To Do



Come explore Bandelier National Monument! The popular 1.2-mile Main Loop Trail will lead you through amazing archeological sites on the floor of the Frijoles Canyon. Here you will view small ladders, petroglyphs, and many Ancestral Pueblo dwellings dating back to 10,000 years. This short trail, a portion of which is fully accessible, starts from the visitor center. An informative 14-minute high definition film, exhibits, and a bookstore are also available at the visitor center.

Map of Bandelier

Latitude, Longitude: 35.749768, -106.410937



  • Camping

    Three different camping options await you in Bandelier. Juniper Campground is a family campground and is intended for small groups of 10 individuals or less. (Juniper Campground is closed for rehabilitation and will reopen in late February 2011.) Ponderosa Campground is a group campground for groups larger than 10 individuals. Backcountry camping is also available with a permit that can be obtained for free at the visitor center. The closest backcountry camping zone is approximately 2 miles from the visitor center.

  • Hiking

    Bandelier National Monument has over 70 miles of trail within its boundaries. The most popular of these trails are the Main Loop Trail and Alcove House Trail which are accessed from the visitor center in Frijoles Canyon. These trails lead you to many Ancestral Pueblo sites.

    The Falls Trail is another popular trail, that winds past two beautiful waterfalls and ultimately to the Rio Grande.

    Bandelier also offers opportunities for much longer hikes. Permits are available at the visitor center for overnight backcountry stays.

    While pets are allowed in the picnic area, campground, and parking lots, they are not permitted on any park trails.

  • Picnicking

    Cottonwood Picnic Area is located just across Frijoles Creek from the visitor center. Situated next to the creek, the picnic area is nicely shaded. Watch for wildlife and please don't feed the beggar squirrels. Fires and barbeque grills are not permitted. There is a bathroom centrally located within the picnic grounds. Each picnic spot has a parking space, however, this area is also used for overflow parking from the main parking lot.


Summers start out warm and dry with June usually being the hottest month of the year. Days in July, August and September often end with thunderstorms that can drop heavy localized rain.

In the fall, weather is usually sunny with turquoise blue skies and warm (but not hot) days and cool nights. A normal first snowfall in the area is around Halloween.

Winters average a yearly snowfall of 25 inches. Snow and ice can close trails and the ladders to Alcove House, so you may want to call the visitor center to get details about weather conditions and closures.

During the spring, temperatures in the 70's can be followed by a snow storm with wet heavy snow and daytime temperatures in the 40's. Even so, spring is a beautiful time to visit as it marks the start of the wildflower season and the return of many migratory species of birds.

Park Partners

Western National Parks Association

Founded in 1938, Western National Parks Association is a nonprofit cooperating association for the National Park Service authorized by Congress. Western National Parks Association provides educational materials to park visitors to help them better understand the natural and cultural significance of the parks. Furthermore, all proceeds from the sales of these educational materials are returned to the National Park Service to fund educational, interpretive and scientific activities that are not supported by taxes. Western National Parks Association is affiliated with Bandelier National Monument and helps educate visitors about the diverse history of this unique place.

Additionally, the Friends of Bandelier is a group of private citizens who love the monument. A board of trustees governs the activities under a formal Memorandum of Agreement with the National Park Service. The membership stays informed of Friend's activities, and of key issues affecting the Monument, through letters, field trips and announcements in the local newspapers. The mission of the Friends of Bandelier is to provide assistance to Bandelier National Monument. For more information about the Friends of Bandelier, visit

(520) 622-1999

Bandelier Trading Company

Bandelier Trading Company sells Native American Arts & Crafts from the Southwest such as pottery, rugs and jewelry. The gift shop is located in a historic CCC building that was at one time the original lobby of the lodge.

Bandelier Trading Snack Bar and Grill offers visitors an authentic taste of regal cuisine. The ingredients and recipes are local and reflect the foods eaten in Northern New Mexico every day. The staff is happy to explain the dishes and give advice on eating them. The snack bar also serve great hamburgers and hot dogs, hot and cold sandwiches, and flavorful healthy choices.

Picnic tables in the courtyard provide a nice environment for eating outside.

(505) 672-9791



Visitors traveling north to south on I-25, take St Francis 84/285 exit for Santa Fe, going straight through the city. Follow signs to Bandelier at each major junction. A beautiful alternative route for those going north on I-25: at Bernalillo, take exit 550 (formerly 44). At San Ysidro take exit to NM 4; continue over the mountains to park entrance (good paved road, but may not be advisable in winter weather).

Phone Numbers


(505) 672-3861