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Valles Caldera National Preserve

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Address: 39201 Highway 4, Jemez Springs, NM
Phone Number: 866-382-5537
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Description: This 89,000 acre National Preserve is in the heart of one of three super...
This 89,000 acre National Preserve is in the heart of one of three super volcanoes in the United States. Known for its expansive high mountain valles, large elk herds, and diverse history, the Preserve is a favorite among the locals when friends and relatives are in town. If you are in New Mexico you do not want to miss this. Recreational Opportunities This experiment in public land management focuses on the quality of your experience instead of visitor volume. Bring your camera and enjoy the expansive views. If you only have a couple of hours, be sure to check out the one hour Magma to Magpie van tour.Activities by the Season:Summer Season; hiking (guided and self-guided), fishing, van tours (wildlife, geology, archeology, history, artist's) , mountain bike trail riding, equestrian trail riding, star gazing, a marathon, an archery event, elk festival, photography toursFall: Hiking, van tours, fishing, and elk huntingWinter: skiing, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, moonlight skiing and snowshoeing, and a very unique New Year's Eve celebrationSpring: Hiking, van tours, and turkey huntingSeasons AccessibleObservation points and two free hiking trails are open year round. Other activities are available 7 days a week May to October and Friday through Sunday from November to MarchFees: Fees vary based on activity. Reservations are available, but are not required.Pet Friendly NotesDogs on leashes are welcome at the staging areas, but are prohibited elsewhere on the Preserve.Registered assistance animals are allowed on the Preserve.
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Thanks to Carmen!

What a wonderful tour guide whose enthusiasm and knowledge made our trip here unforgettable. Thank you Carmen Munoz Bloomberg.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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Vineland, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

What a wonderful tour guide whose enthusiasm and knowledge made our trip here unforgettable. Thank you Carmen Munoz Bloomberg.

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VallesCaldera, Public Relations Manager at Valles Caldera National Preserve, responded to this review

Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to write a review. Carmen is one of our great treasures who brings a great deal of knowledge and enthusiasm to our tours. She also has a great sense of humor. Please come back and take one of our summer tours with Carmen when the Caldera comes alive. - Terry More 

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is like no place you have ever seen! A thrilling drive up from Jemez Valley to this jewel in the middle of the Jemez.

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VallesCaldera, Public Relations Manager at Valles Caldera National Preserve, responded to this review

Come see more unforgettable views this spring and summer when the caldera is in bloom and the elk calves are born. It is a celebration of life you won't want to miss. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to write a review. We look forward to hearing about your next visit. -Terry More 

New Milford, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

you feel so small when you stand in the middle of the caldera.prairie dogs have a network of tunnels in the parking lot.saw coyotes and deer from parking lot.road from highway to could be better maintained

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VallesCaldera, Public Relations Manager at Valles Caldera National Preserve, responded to this review

The Caldera is an awe inspiring place whether you see it for the first or the hundredth time. I see you visited us last September. Did you hear any elk bugling during the rut? Please come back to visit us in the spring when the landscape is in bloom and the newest generation of elk are born. You won't regret... More 

Edwardsburg, Michigan
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123 reviews 123 reviews
52 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Valles Caldera has interesting geology, as it is the site of previous large volcanic eruption(s) due to its position along a rift zone. However, without studying the geography and geology, it can be hard to realize the forces of nature that have unfolded here. The so-called national preserve isn't all that user friendly for visitors. The meadows, some with snow... More 

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VallesCaldera, Public Relations Manager at Valles Caldera National Preserve, responded to this review

Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to write a review. I invite you to come back in the spring when the Preserve is in bloom and the meadows are green and grazed by the elk. That's when we'll be open 7 days a week and hosting guided hiking and van tours that will allow you to get... More 

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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146 reviews 146 reviews
56 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Another not-to-be-missed natural wonder in New Mexico. There are so many — you never run out of places to see. Take a hike—literally, around the Caldera and its trails for an unbeatable outdoor treat.

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VallesCaldera, Public Relations Manager at Valles Caldera National Preserve, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to visit and write your review. Next time you can hike, bike or take a van tour around the Preserve to see the geology and wildlife. You can also take a special van tour to see where motion pictures like "The Missing" and "The Lone Ranger" staged a few scenes. Please come back soon. -... More 

St. Petersburg, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We enjoyed traveling through, but would have loved to have been there when they were offering snowshoeing (the next day). We hope to go back to experience the preserve more.

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VallesCaldera, Public Relations Manager at Valles Caldera National Preserve, responded to this review

During the winter months we're open Friday-Sunday only. However, during the spring and summer from May 15th on we are open 7 days a week. Of course there won't be any snowshoeing but you'll have plenty of room to hike, bike or take a van tour around the Preserve. It's worth another trip and another review from you. Thanks for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I'm a geology nut married to someone who is not; however, she does appreciate scenic drives in the Southwest (that's why we moved to New Mexico from DC). A little over an hour from downtown Albuquerque, we arrived at the visitor center for Valles Caldera. While the last eruption was recent in geologic terms, it was the outstanding interpretive tour... More 

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VallesCaldera, Public Relations Manager at Valles Caldera National Preserve, responded to this review

Working at a world class example of calderas and resurgent domes, we are geology nuts ourselves. We are glad you had a great time! Thanks for sharing your experience with us. - Rob More 

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We recently went on the one hour tour of this national treasure----hard to beat for the price. It is one of the unspoiled places in the US and we can only hope that it stays that way. The tour was great....you get a bit of history of the place and learn about the geology. Saw a few coyotes, but it... More 

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VallesCaldera, Public Relations Manager at Valles Caldera National Preserve, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. The undeveloped nature of this land makes it easy to imagine what it looked like thousands of years ago. Time with Carmen on the Valles Caldera is well spent. She truly loves exploring this natural wonder with visitors and it shows. More 

Delafield
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I have made 2 trips to Valles Caldera, once in the spring once this fall. This is definitely a place to give yourself some time to explore. Use their webpage to plan to take advantage of tour times and to be sure of access. The staff at the Preserve headquarters are exceptionally helpful.

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VallesCaldera, Public Relations Manager at Valles Caldera National Preserve, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing your experience and the photos! We are glad you made it out twice this year and had a great time. More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

The drive here from Los Alamos was incredible & the preserve is beautiful. We enjoyed the tour & the history of the property.

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VallesCaldera, Public Relations Manager at Valles Caldera National Preserve, responded to this review

That is a beautiful drive. We are glad you had a great trip. - Rob More 

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