Bandelier NM Fee Increase for Overnight Camping in Juniper Campground and Ponderosa Campground
Current camping fees are $12/night for individual campsites and $35/night for group campsites. Proposed camping fees are $20/night for individual campsites and $50/night for group campsites. These proposed campground fee increases are based on comparable fees for similar services in nearby campgrounds. Under the proposed fees Bandelier will continue to offer half priced camping for Interagency Senior pass holders and Interagency Lifetime Access pass holders. Fees at Bandelier for individual campsites last changed in 2005 and group campsite fees last changed in 1995.
The proposed camping fee increases are necessary to improve and maintain a high-quality camping experience. While basic park operations are funded by direct appropriations from Congress, the expanded amenity fees collected by the Bandelier are used to support new projects and the ongoing maintenance of campgrounds that directly enhance the visitor experience.
Bandelier is also proposing to make a portion of Juniper Campground available for advanced reservation through Recreation.gov. Camping Loop A (15 sites) will remain non-reservable all year, available to day-of-campers on a first come, first-serve basis. Camping Loop B (15 campsites) will be reservable year-round, and Camping Loop C (19 campsites) will be made reservable March through October. Loop C is closed annually November through February.
Allowing advanced reservations of campsites will provide 24/7 ease of reservations; offer park visitors the convenience and flexibility to plan their trip ahead of time and make changes to reservations when needed; and provide peace of mind knowing a campsite is waiting when they visit Bandelier. A partial reservation system will also help reduce the administrative burden placed on park staff allowing for that time to instead be spent on improving and expanding visitor services as well as enhancing visitor safety and resource protection in Bandelier.
Bandelier National Monument is proposing the new camping fees go into effect October 1, 2023, with the launch of online reservations for Loop B & C campsites to begin in late summer or early fall 2023. Public comment is open March 26, 2023 to April 24, 2023.
For clarifying questions or more information:
Recreation Fee Specialist
Program Manager - Interpretation & Visitor Services (Acting)
Bandelier National Monument is seeking public comment on proposed increases in expanded amenity fees for Juniper Campground and Ponderosa Group Campground. The park is also proposing to make a portion of Juniper Campground reservable through Recreation.gov.