Bandelier National Monument and Valles Caldera National Preserve To Lift Fire Restrictions on Monday, July 16

Due to several days of higher humidity and rain, Bandelier National Monument and Valles Caldera National Preserve will lift fire restrictions, including backcountry closures, at 8:00 am on July 16, 2018. In addition, special use permittees and commercial use operators may resume their normal activities within the two National Park Service units.

“Even though the monsoons have begun, we’re still in drought conditions,” said Valles Caldera National Preserve Superintendent Jorge Silva-Bañuelos. “We ask that visitors continue to take appropriate precautions while enjoying our national parks and national forests,” he added.

While 100% contained, the area surrounding the San Antonio Fire on the preserve’s north rim remains closed to public access. Visitors to the preserve’s backcountry are reminded to be courteous and cautious of fire crews who are still patrolling the fire.

Several criteria are used to determine when to implement fire restrictions, including fire activity levels, current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, and the availability of firefighting resources. Fire restriction criteria are routinely evaluated and restrictions could be upgraded or downgraded at any time. Therefore, visitors should check the parks’ websites for alerts prior to their visit.

Know before you go. Fire restrictions in New Mexico can be found at and fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at

Bandelier National Monument –

Valles Caldera National Preserve –

For further information contact:
Bandelier Visitor Center – 505-672-3861, x517
Valles Caldera – Brittney Van Der Werff,, 505-205-4614

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