No fees Monday at local national park service sites

Petroglyph National Monument and other parks in New Mexico will be waiving their entrance fees Monday as part of the fee-free day offered by the National Parks Service. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)

Monday is a first fee free day of the new year — no entrance fees — at National Park Service sites such as Bandelier National Monument, Petroglyph National Monument, Valles Caldera National Preserve, and the other approximately 120 NPS areas that charge entrance fees.

Fee free land include those of the Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Reclamation.

“Mid-January is usually a very quiet time at Bandelier,” Superintendent Jason Lott said in a statement. “The weather forecast suggests that it will be mild and sunny, so it might be a very nice time to come and take a peaceful walk in Frijoles Canyon or on one of the other park trails.”

Other NPS fee free days this year are April 21, the first day of National Park Week; September 22, Public Lands Day; and November 11, Veterans Day.

NPS sites in the state include Pecos National Historical Park, Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, El Morro National Monument, Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, Carlsbad Caverns National Park and White Sands National Monument.

Visit www.nps.gov/state/nm/index.htm for a list of NPS sites around New Mexico.

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