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Bandelier National Public Lands Day: Successful Cleanup

Members of the National Public Lands Day cleanup crew carried old equipment out of two different project sites by backpack in the Bandelier Wilderness. Courtesy/NPS


National Park Service volunteers and staff helped celebrate National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on Monday, September 26 at Bandelier National Monument by removing equipment from the backcountry of Bandelier during the wilderness cleanup .

Together, the team cleaned up two different project sites and backpacked in old gear. A group of 12 people participated in the event: four volunteers, a U.S. Geological Survey employee, a National Park Service employee from the Santa Fe regional office, and six Bandelier staff members worked together to complete the task. during the one-day event.

Most of Bandelier, over 23,000 acres, was designated as a wilderness area by Congress in 1976. September is also National Wilderness Month, so it was the perfect time to focus efforts on cleaning up wildlife. a Federal Wilderness Area. That’s exactly what event organizer and Wilderness Ranger Mark Peterson had in mind.

Chief Ranger Dennis Milligan added, “I really appreciate the support of our volunteers and staff in this effort. The project would not have been possible without their hard work and enthusiasm.

Most of the public visit the foreland areas of the monument, including the very popular Frijoles Canyon.

Bandelier has received over 141,106 visitors so far this year. Those who venture into the hinterland are rewarded with beauty and solitude. This weekend’s efforts help preserve the wilderness and keep the Bandelier Wilderness wild.

Bandelier National Monument is open daily from sunrise to sunset. At Frijoles Canyon, the park visitor center and park store (operated by Western National Parks Association) is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the cafe, Sirphey at Bandelier, is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Park entry fees are $25 per private vehicle, $20 per motorcycle, or $15 per bike/person. All passes are valid for seven days. Camping fees are not included in entrance fees. America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands passes are accepted for entrance fees.

The full suite of America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes and Bandelier Annual Passes are available for purchase at the Visitor Center. For more information on pass types and price, visit:

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