Juniper Campground at Bandelier National Monument
|The campground for Bandelier National Monument is large enough that the ranger we talked to said she had never seen it full in several years of working here. The openness of the campground means that in the winter, you can take advantage of morning sun to warm yourself. The campground is well-maintained, and is near the trailheads for the Tyuonyi and Frey hikes.|
|Campground data||Waypoints||Maps||Getting to the campground||About the campground||Plants around the campground||Comments|
When we visited it:
|Juniper CG||Campground||Juniper campground in Bandelier National Monument|
Maps:Geohack online map list Paper maps:
|Map name||Cartographer||Year||Scale||Topo map?||Online access||Notes|
|Albuquerque New Mexico||USGS||1983||1:100000||Y||from sar.lanl.gov (free)|
|Bandelier National Monument||National Geographic Trails Illustrated||2000||1:28600||Y||Trails Illustrated Topo Map: Bandelier National Monument - New Mexico, USA (Trails Illustrated - Topo Maps USA) (purchase)|
|Guide to Indian Country of Arizona Colorado New Mexico Utah||Automobile Club of Southern California||1998||1:0||N||Arizona Strip Interpretive Association (purchase)||Good overview road map for northwest NM. No scale is given on the map. The corner coordinates are approximate.|
|Los Alamos||BLM||2003||1:100000||Y||Public Lands Information Center (purchase)|
|Santa Fe National Forest||US Forest Service||2004||1:126720||N||From the National Forest Store (purchase)||West half|
|Wildernesses of New Mexico||US Forest Service||1981||1:1000000||N||No online copies.||Base map with national forests, wilderness areas and highways.|
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Getting to the campground:
From the park main entrance, the campground is the first right after you pass the pay station.
About the campground:
The park is in a Piñon-Juniper-Ponderosa forest. One of the recent forest fires burned through here, and the drought (2003) is not helping. As a result, there are dead trees. Note that plenty of live trees still remain.
Every campsite has a picnic table and a place for cooking over a fire. The campground is clean, and well-maintained.
The wildlife we saw in the campground included this Piñon Jay, which stole part of Diana's muffin when she got up to get some orange juice. A chipmunk noticed where the jay buried part of the muffin, and went over and retrieved it and ate it.
We also saw a cottontail rabbit, and several other species of birds we did not identify.
We heard coyotes nearby one night, and the park has posted signs warning about bears. Therefore, you should be careful with your food, and not leave any out.
Plants we saw around the campground:
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