Op-Ed|The National Park Service And Wilderness: 50 Years Of Neglect

After 50 years, you would expect that the U.S. National Park Service (NPS), which administers the largest inventory of wilderness in the world, would have the best wilderness management program in the world. But, you would be very wrong.

Climate Change Poses Risks Of Flooding, Erosion, And Fires To National Park Units And Their Treasures

Treasures of history, culture, and natural beauty contained within the National Park System are increasingly at risk to the perils of climate change, with flooding and wildfire likely to sweep numerous park sites across the country, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

National Park Foundation Grants Designed To Help Parks Improve Visitor Transportation

While some national parks struggle with moving tourists around during the peak season due to traffic jams and road systems designed for fewer vehicles, the National Park Foundation is working to provide the National Park Service with the expertise to help improve the situation.

Modern Technology Aids Repairs To 14th-Century Kiva At Bandelier National Monument

It's not surprising that some repairs were needed on a kiva located in a cliff dwelling at Bandelier National Monument—the structure dates back to the 14th century. One big challenge has been figuring out how to get tons of supplies to the nearly inaccessible site, safely and efficiently. The answer involved a modern approach to this very old location.

A View From The Overlook: Land Access

Is public land always available for the public good? Well, not always.

Accident Dumps Hundreds Of Gallons Of Yellow Paint At Bandelier National Monument

You can color Bandelier National Monument yellow...at least a portion of it following an accident that dumped hundreds of gallons of yellow highway striping paint on a hillside in the monument.

Bandelier National Monument Starts Long-Term Shuttle Service, Ends Private Car Access To Frijoles Canyon

Last summer, when floodwaters rushed through Bandelier National Monument’s Frijoles Canyon, demolishing much of the parking area, it looked like a complete disaster. But the post Las Conchas fire floods helped the National Park Service achieve its illusive but long-sought goal - to eliminate private vehicles from Frijoles Canyon.

National Park Service Moving To Let Tribes Collect Plants, Minerals From Parks For Traditional Practices

A move by the National Park Service to allow Native American tribes to collect plants and minerals from units of the National Park System for traditional purposes is being condemned by Public Employees for Environmental Purposes.

Bandelier National Monument Back In Business After Fires, But Only To A Limited Extent

The good news is that Bandelier National Monument is back to welcoming visitors after dealing with wildfires. That bad news is that those fires left the landscape prone to flooding, and with the monsoon season approaching, authorities are concerned about flooding in Frijoles Canyon.

Bandelier National Monument Closed by Rapidly Spreading Wildfire

A rapidly spreading wildfire in northern New Mexico has forced the evacuation and closure of Bandelier National Monument. The fire began Sunday afternoon on private land near the Santa Fe National Forest about a dozen miles south of Los Alamos.

Summer Special: What’s Old is New Again: Bandelier National Monument Sheds Light on the Ancestral Homeland of Five Modern Pueblos

New Mexico's Bandelier National Monument is not just a place where visitors can see cliff dwellings and learn about Ancestral Puebloan culture. To modern day pueblo dwellers, it is a place that keeps them in touch with their ancestral roots and origins.

Summer Special: It's Time To Start Thinking About Your Summer Vacation In the National Park System

Hidden Lake Trail, Glacier National Park. Kurt Repanshek photo
How will you spend your summer vacation? If you're thinking about some R&R in the National Park System, we've got some suggestions and advice to offer. All week-long the Traveler will be offering stories about places to go and things to do in the parks.

Meryl Streep, N. Scott Momaday Donate Talents For Film on Bandelier National Monument and Jemez Mountains

What national park could refuse the star power of an Academy Award or Pulitzer Prize winner? Not the folks at Bandelier National Monument, who were able to get Meryl Streep and N. Scott Momaday to provide narration for a film on the monument and the Jemez Mountains.

Researchers Exploring Cave Dwellers From Bandelier National Monument's Long Ago Past

The American Southwest is honeycombed with ruins from long-past civilizations. Mesa Verde National Park and Canyon de Chelly National Monument are well-known for their cliff dwellings, while at Bandelier National Monument the sandstone walls are pocked with "cavates" used as shelter centuries ago.

Art in the Parks: Cape Cod National Seashore and Bandelier National Monument

For going on 150 years the landscapes of the National Park System have been inspiring artists. Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt and Maynard Dixon are just three of the long, distinguished roster of artists who found their proverbial muse in places such as Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion national parks. Here are two more you can add to that list, one contemporary, one from the early 20th Century.

You'll Find Tuff Blocks, Fibrolite Axes and Squirrels with Tufted Ears at Bandelier National Monument

Bandelier NM by zadro.
Houses made of tuff blocks and axes made of Fibrolite may sound like a workshop in high-tech building materials or "green living," but you'll find examples of this very old technology in a park with great scenery and top-notch archeology. If you visit this area, keep your eyes open for squirrels with tufted ears.
Bridge over Frijoles Creek in Bandelier National MonumentRelax next to the cascading waters of Frijoles Creek in Bandelier National Monument, under the shade of the trees along the picnic road. You'll be able to hear some birds chirping along, as well as a child's call about half-way through.