Best known for mesas, sheer-walled canyons, and the ancestral Pueblo dwellings found among them, Bandelier also includes over 23,000 acres of designated Wilderness. It was named for Adolph Bandelier, a 19th-century anthropologist.
How to Get to Bandelier National Monument
Nearest Airport to Bandelier National Monument -Service on American Eagle Airlines into Santa Fe with nonstop service from Dallas Ft/Worth and Los Angeles International.
How to Drive to Bandelier National Monument -Visitors traveling North-South on I-25 take second Santa Fe exit (St. Francis) to 84/285 West. Follow signs to Bandelier at every major junction.
Weather & Climate
Warm and dry, with rain in early summer months. Chance of snow storms
from October through May. Wear comfortable sportswear type clothing in
season, with sturdy walking shoes. The elevation in Frijoles Canyon is 6,000
feet and can cause breathing difficulties for some people visiting from lower elevations.
A ninety-four site campground, is available for use seasonally, usually from mid-April to October on first-come first-served basis. A group campground is available seasonally by reservation only.
Visitor Center/Exhibits: Visitor center in Frijoles Canyon has exhibits on prehistoric and historic Pueblo culture. Information available on monument as well as nearby attractions.
Trails, Roads: Paved roads lead into monument visitor center and campgrounds. No other roads available for use by visitors. Approximately 70 miles of back country trails available for overnight use.
Programs/Activities: Regularly scheduled guided walks, evening
programs and interpretive talks in summer months. Self-guided trails year
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