Celebrate the Great American Campout at Bandelier National Monument

From Albuquerque Journal

National Park Service

June 19, 2019 – The great outdoors is calling folks to Bandelier National Monument on Saturday.

Bandelier is taking part in the Great American Campout, a nationwide event sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation. It is designed to encourage people to enjoy and protect wildlife and the outdoors.

At Bandelier on Saturday camping will be free at Juniper Campground, except for the group sites. Non-group sites are first-come, first-served.

On Saturday and Sunday, the public is invited to visit with the cultural demonstrators on the back porch of the visitor center in Frijoles Canyon from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Saturday, campers and non-campers are welcome to attend a ranger-hosted star party beginning at 8:30 p.m.

“Gazing at the universe through big telescopes is an incredible opportunity for everyone to experience,” superintendent Jason Lott said.

This is shuttle season at Bandelier. For visitors not planning to camp and arriving between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., parking is available at the White Rock Visitor Center or at the shuttle parking area in Juniper Campground. Campers can drive into the campground, find a site and register at the self-registration location, and then take the shuttle from the campground to the visitor center. Anyone arriving before 9 a.m. or after 3 p.m. can drive directly into Frijoles Canyon.

Campers are urged to store food in a vehicle or the provided bear boxes so that bears, coyotes, squirrels, mice and other animals won’t be attracted to campsites. If campers choose to build a fire, they should use an established fire grill and never leave it unattended.

For more information, check the park website at www.nps.gov/band, the Facebook page at BandelierNPS, or call the Bandelier Visitor Center at 505-672-3861, ext. 517.