Editor's Note: The following press release from Bandelier is being re-posted here as a courtesy to residents and visitors, because the County's public transit system (Atomic City Transit) provides the shuttle service to/from the national monument.
Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott has announced fall and winter hours for the Bandelier Visitor Center and the Atomic City Transit shuttle service. "The days are getting shorter, and Labor Day weekend is traditionally the end of our summer hours," he said. "Starting on Tuesday September 4, the Bandelier Visitor Center will be closing at 5:30 p.m., and then on October 1 it will be closing at 4:30 p.m."
From September 4 through September 30, the Atomic City Transit shuttle service from White Rock to Bandelier National Monument will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. From October 1 through November 17, the service will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. From November 18 through the winter, there will be no shuttle service to Bandelier, and visitors will need to drive to the park.
Shuttle service will resume in early March.
Beginning Thursday, September 6, visitors arriving late in the day may drive to Bandelier and park at the Visitor Center lot in Frijoles Canyon from 4 p.m. to dusk, when the park closes. Visitors arriving before 4:00 p.m. must take the shuttle from White Rock. Bandelier is open from dawn to dusk every day.
Trailheads along highway 4, and the Tsankawi area are not accessible by shuttle, and visitors wishing to hike from those trailheads may park there any time between dawn and dusk. Likewise, visitors may park at the Frey Trailhead near Juniper Campground any time between dawn and dusk and hike to the main sites at Frijoles Canyon, or hike out to Tyuonyi Overlook.
For more information about Bandelier, visit the website at www.nps.gov/band, like "Bandelier NPS" on Facebook, or call the Bandelier Visitor Center at 505-672-3861, ext 517.