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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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At least one major fire had gone through the area not long ago, so it's a somewhat subdued drive, but it's still pretty country. Friends said you used to see lots of elk in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

At least one major fire had gone through the area not long ago, so it's a somewhat subdued drive, but it's still pretty country. Friends said you used to see lots of elk in the area, but we saw none. Even the inside of the caldera was devoid of any visible wildlife.

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Placitas, NM
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The Jemez Caldera Preserve is a superb natural and historical treasure, and the "Magma to Magpies" van tour is the best one-hour investment anyone can make in New Mexico! (Hard to believe it was only $5 per person.) Carmen was our guide -- professional, knowledgeable, sharing, and caring -- and we had an informative and delightful tour. May Day was... More 

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La Veta, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Haven't seen all the areas affected by fire, but spent a lot of time exploring this area in the years prior. Access limitations are a plus as there is little to no litter and roads were in good shape.

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Jemez Springs, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We may not have seen any magma nor magpies, but what a wonder-filled tour! Our guide, Carmen, was tops! So knowledgeable and entertaining! Though we did not exit the vehicle (a bit muddy after a day of rain), Carmen did drive us close enough for us to enjoy seeing a current movie-scene being filmed in New Mexico. The history of... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

The view was breathtaking! We went on the Magma tour with Carmen. She was not only extremely knowledgeable of the historical significance and ecological progression of the area, but she also included fun current facts about the reserve. It was very reasonably priced for how much we were able to see and learn. There was another jeep tour around the... More 

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Tabernash, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Beautiful place, much history. Our tour with Carmen driving and teaching and showing and knowing was remarkable. She is a treasure for this Preserve. Knows a great deal about a great deal and integrates it all.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This review is only based on the beauty of the Valles Caldera and not on any of the activities. We did not participate in any activities but we did take in the views and walk around some and the environment is absolutely gorgeous! It's a very short, but twisty, drive from Los Alamos. The hours of the park vary by... More 

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

Thanks very much for visiting and taking the time to write your review. Currently we are on a winter schedule which runs from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Friday through Sunday. However, beginning May 15 and running through October 15 the Preserve will be open seven days a week from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. Soon we will announce the... More 

Los Lunas, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

The Valles Caldera magma tour with Carmen was educational, historical, fun, and full of beautiful views! We have been to the caldera many times but this was the first time visiting inside. Looking at it from the road it is so vast yet when you get inside and stand in the middle it feels even bigger. So wonderful to see... More 

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

Carmen brings knowledge, enthusiasm and fun to every Magma to Magpie van tour. Please do come back this summer when the Preserve is in full bloom and Carmen can tell you about summers on the caldera. Thanks for taking the time to write about your experience. -Terry More 

Vineland, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

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
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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 

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