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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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Seemed Carmen's knowledge about all things natural and how all natural things fit together

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... read more

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

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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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 

Rutherford, New Jersey
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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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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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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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20 helpful votes 20 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 

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