Due to the increase in COVID-19 transmission rates and in support of guidance to help reduce its spread, Bandelier will temporarily limit indoor services. Effective today, August 19, the visitor center is open only to those who would like to pay an entrance fee or purchase a pass, one at a time. The museum and theater are temporarily closed.
Rangers are available outside the visitor center to provide information, orientation and answer your questions, 8:30am-4:30pm, daily. Ranger programs are still available. Visitors are required to wear a mask in all facilities – Visitor Center, Cafe and Park Store.
All trails and outdoor areas are open.
By 1550, the Ancestral Pueblo people had moved from this area to pueblos along the Rio Grande. After over 400 years the land here could no longer support the people and a severe drought added to what were already becoming difficult times. Oral traditions tell us where the people went and who their descendants are. The people of Cochiti Pueblo, located just south and east along the Rio Grande, are the most direct descendants of the Ancestral Pueblo people who built homes in Frijoles Canyon. Likewise, San Ildefonso is most closely linked to Tsankawi.