Bandelier Hosting Great Backyard Bird Count, Friday, February 16

By Chris Judson

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT

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Bandelier staff and visitors will be looking for birds during the Great Backyard Bird Count on Friday, February 16.

This weekend, February 16-19, will be the 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count, which in 2018 is part of the Year of the Bird. Anyone who would like to participate can watch birds at home or come out to three locations at Bandelier National Monument – or both!  Sightings become part of observations to help track population density, health, and movements of birds worldwide.

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Bandelier Celebrates February of Year of the Bird: Great Backyard Bird Count

By Chris Judson

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT

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Sandhill Cranes.

Join Bandelier in February as the park continues to celebrate the Year of the Bird!  This year is the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. Throughout 2018, we will be joining National Geographic, the Audubon Society and numerous other organizations around the country in recognizing this milestone by celebrating the Year of the Bird.

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Late Winter Activities in Bandelier – A Star Party, Birds and the Park’s Birthday

By Chris Judson

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT

On February 11, 1916, then-President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation creating a new park out in a largely unknown area of the largely unknown State of New Mexico.  This year marks the 102nd birthday of Bandelier National Monument, which, with about 200,000 visitors a year, is not nearly as unknown now as it was in 1916. It’s not exactly isolated out in the wilds of New Mexico any more either, since it has two more National Park Service areas, the Valles Caldera National Preserve and the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, as neighbors.  To celebrate the 102nd, there will be cookies at the Bandelier Visitor Center starting at 1:00 p.m.

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Bandelier National Monument Gets Valuable Help from Friends Group

By Chris Judson

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Ever since 1987, the Friends of Bandelier have supported the park, providing funding for projects that couldn’t have been done within Bandelier’s regular budget. With money raised from members all over the country and beyond, through the years these projects have included biological surveys, post-fire recovery studies, handicap ramps for the parking area, campsite upgrades, archeological surveys, mapping ancient trails, pueblo crafts demonstrations, and more.

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Further Helicopter Work Will Cause Temporary Closure of Main Trail at Bandelier 

By Chris Judson

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT

 NPS Photo

In late October, a portion of the Main Loop Trail in Bandelier National Monument was closed for safety during a 3-day operation in which more than 150,000 pounds of dirt and rocks were helicoptered to the Frey Trail for use in trail reconstruction.  This project will continue on Monday, December 4, weather permitting, and is expected to last 4-6 days.  This part of  the project is planned for about 225 loads of construction materials, at about a thousand pounds per load, carried by transport bags on a sling under the helicopter. The dirt will be used to fill in worn tread on the trail, while the stones are for use in the rockwork along the way.

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Bandelier Concession Closed Until March

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT

The retail and food and beverage concession operation at Bandelier National Monument will be closed beginning November 21 and is expected to reopen in March 2018. There is currently no other food and beverage option at the monument. Other park services, including the trails and Visitor Center, remain open as scheduled. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/band.

Bandelier Open on Thanksgiving, November 23, and Celebrating OptOutside on Friday, November 24 

By Chris Judson
BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT
Many locations throughout the area will be closed for Thanksgiving, on Thursday, November 23, but Bandelier National Monument will be open, with Visitor Center hours 9 AM – 3 PM.  Every year many visitors, some with their Thanksgiving guests, come to enjoy the park in the morning while the turkey is cooking, or in the afternoon to walk off some of their holiday feast.

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Watch Out For Danger of Burned Trees

Chris Judson

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT

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Dead, falling, and fallen trees in an area severely burned by the Las Conchas Fire in 2011
One day in October, a hiker in Bandelier National Monument’s backcountry stopped along Frijoles Creek to have lunch and cool her feet in the water.  She took off her backpack and put it just behind her on the creek bank.  A breeze came up, and she heard a sharp CRAACCK right overhead.  She looked up and then very quickly sprang to the other side of the creek, just as a burned Ponderosa pine fell right where she had been sitting, crushing her backpack but very narrowly missing her.  She came back shaken and scratched, but her swift realization of the situation and fast reaction kept her from serious injuries.Continue reading

Bandelier Announces Solicitation for Concession Proposals

Antoinette Vigil, Director

OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Sandoval County

The National Park Service (NPS) announces the release of two prospectuses for the award of two new concession contracts in Bandelier National Monument. Solicitation number CC-BAND002-18 is for the award of a concession contract to provide food and beverage services from Historic Building 17, and solicitation number CC-BAND003-18 is for the award of a concession contract to provide retail and winter recreation equipment rental services from Historic Building 15.

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