Bandelier National Monument

Bandelier National Monument

Camping

Camping

JUNIPER FAMILY CAMPGROUND REOPENED ON MARCH 1, 2008.

There are three different ways to camp in Bandelier. Juniper Campground is our family campground and is intended for small groups of 10 individuals or less. 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.

 

Ponderosa Group Campground Reservations

Reservations are required for Ponderosa Group Campground, where camping is limited to groups of 10 people or more. For a reservation, e-mail us or call 505-672-3861 x 534.

Overview
Ponderosa Group Campground is located on State Route 4, six miles west of the park entrance and near the turnoff to Los Alamos, State Route 501. This campground is located at 7600 feet and is not open during the winter. It is usually available from mid-April through late October. Unlike Juniper Family Campground, reservations are required for Ponderosa Group Campground. Demand is high for this campground, which only has two sites. Make your reservation by calling (505)672-3861 x 534 as early as possible. Cost for a site in this campground is $35/night or $35/day-use for a reserved campsite.

Facilities and Restrictions
There are picnic tables, fire grates, and small cooking shelters. Pit toilets are provided but there are no restrooms with running water. Ponderosa Group Campground is for tent camping. Only one vehicle in a group may be an RV. There is a minimum of 10 people per site and a maximum of 50 people. Check-in time is 4:00 PM and check-out time is 11:30 AM the following day.  Day-use is from 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM.