How old are the petroglyphs in Bandelier?

This popular 33,000-acre landscape of dynamic canyons and mesas was home to mankind at least 11,000 years ago. Features include ancient petroglyphs, dwellings carved into soft rock cliffs and standing masonry walls.

Is Bandelier National Monument closed?

Bandelier National Monument is open daily, year round, from dawn to dusk except during heavy snow days or other emergencies.

Who lived at Bandelier National Monument?

The Ancestral Pueblo people (Anasazi) lived here from approximately 1150 AD to 1550 AD. The upsurge of the population and the main construction activity in Bandelier began after 1300 AD, when large towns grew up and down the Rio Grande drainage, and the people achieved a standard of living.

Why is it called Bandelier?

Bandelier was designated by President Woodrow Wilson as a national monument on February 11, 1916, and named for Adolph Bandelier, a Swiss-American anthropologist, who researched the cultures of the area and supported preservation of the sites.

Is Bandelier National Monument worth seeing?

Although Bandelier has suffered from a series of fires, it is still worth it to go there. You hike up a river valley and it is very serene.

How much does it cost to go to Bandelier National Monument?

Bandelier normally charges $25 per vehicle, $20 per motorcycle, and $15 per individual. The full suite of America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass are available for those who love to visit public lands. The Bandelier Annual Pass is available for $45.

What time does Bandelier close?

Visitor Center Winter Hours: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Spring/Fall Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

Why is it called Frijoles Canyon?

Frijoles Canyon was named for the beans grown along the creek which, year-round, flows southeast from the Jemez Mountains to the Rio Grande River. Almost three-quarters of Bandelier National Monument is wilderness area between 5,000 and 10,000-foot elevations, providing a rich variety of plant communities.