Here's a sampling of the past and ongoing projects we have helped with over the past few years.


horno at the visitor center

For many years, an horno near the Visitor Center has been used for cultural demonstrations. Since 2011, the horno has been located outside the flood wall constructed to protect the Visitor Center from post-fire floods. With the help of a generous donation from one of our members, the Friends provided funds to dismantle the horno and rebuild it inside the flood wall at a more permanent location.


dorothy hoard wilderness ranger

As a memorial for founder Dorothy Hoard, since 2015, the Friends of Bandelier have sponsored the Wilderness Ranger at Bandelier. The Wilderness Ranger performs a variety of duties including backcountry trail patrols and trail condition reports, programs to get visitors into the backcountry of the park, particularly visitors who might not otherwise venture outside of Frijoles Canyon, and guided hikes to backcountry locations at the park. This seasonal position will run from March to September in 2018!


dorothy hoard stewardship award

The Dorothy Hoard Stewardship Award is an annual recognition given to someone who has contributed to the health and well-being of the landscape and environment of Bandelier or the surrounding area. The Board of Friends of Bandelier selected Mountain School teacher Michele Altherr of Los Alamos to receive the 2017 Dorothy Hoard Stewardship Award.  Michele was selected for her work with the children of Los Alamos and her many contributions to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center that have enhanced Los Alamos as a place where discoveries of nature and the out-of-doors are made. As Michele reminds us, “play outside and explore the wonders of nature.”

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bandelier preservation corps

One of our favorite projects at Bandelier National Monument connects young people with their heritage and the National Park Service. What a great combination!

Last summer, more than 10 Pueblo youth participated in the Bandelier Conservation Corps Preservation Program. These young men and women from nearby Pueblos spent their summer working with park preservation staff to accomplish the annual stabilization task list on cultural sites at the Monument.