Bandelier National Monument Announces Entrance Fee-Free Days for 2021

Los Alamos, NM – Bandelier National Monument will waive its entrance fee on six days in 2021.

The six, entrance fee-free days for 2021 will be:

Monday, January 18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Saturday, April 17 – First Day of National Park Week

Wednesday, August 4 – Great American Outdoors Act anniversary

Wednesday, August 25 – National Park Service Birthday

Saturday, September 25 – National Public Lands Day

Thursday, November 11 – Veterans Day

Campground fees still apply on all designated fee-free days. 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. These passes are great options and allow unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks – some for one year, others for a lifetime.

“The public is encouraged to take advantage of these wonderful opportunities to re-visit a favorite national park or explore a new one without paying an entrance fee”, added Bandelier Acting Superintendent Karl Cordova.

The park visitor center located in Frijoles Canyon is currently open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for visitors who desire to purchase a pass or need to pay entrance fees and will be closed on Friday, December 25, 2020 and Friday, January 1, 2021. The park is open from dawn until dusk seven days a week.

Bandelier National Monument is one of approximately 100 national parks that has an entrance fee. There are more than 300 other national parks that do not charge an entrance fee. Fee dollars help parks complete vital projects that directly impact park visitors, with 80% of fee revenue staying in the park where it is collected. The National Park System includes more than 85 million acres and is comprised of more than 400 sites, including national parks, national historical parks, national monuments, national recreation areas, national battlefields, and national seashores. Last year, 327 million people visited national parks and spent $21 billion which supported 340,500 jobs across the country and had a $41.7 billion impact on the U.S. economy.

Earlier this year, Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt signed Secretary’s Orders 3386 and 3387, granting veterans, Gold Star Families and fifth graders free access to all national parks, wildlife refuges and other Federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior. Veterans and Gold Star Families will have free access forever, while fifth grade students were granted the reprieve through this academic year as some of last year’s fourth graders may have been unable to make full use of the Every Kid Outdoors Annual Fourth Grade Pass due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Active duty military and four grade students will continue to have free access with discounted passes also available for senior citizens.