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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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La Jara Dome Guided Hike July 4

Carmen Blumberg, the leader was fantastic! All of the hikers were giving slips of paper naming them as a character who lived there in the past and what year they would have been... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Carmen Blumberg, the leader was fantastic! All of the hikers were giving slips of paper naming them as a character who lived there in the past and what year they would have been there. She made the dome come alive! You felt you were really there during that time period. Carmen was always checking to make sure we were okay.... More 

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Davenport, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

What a beautiful place! We drove for an hour one way and saw hardly a soul. We did see an elk and some prairie dogs. We did not like the lack of signage. The office supplied a map, but we could not tell where we were on it. We never did find the place where we were supposed to hike.... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

My wife and I have driven by Valles Caldera several times but today we decided to explore the area. Access to the preserve beyond the visitors center is restricted to 24 cars each day. Since it was a week day we got lucky and were able to get a permit to drive through the preserve. What formed the caldera is... More 

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

My wife And I took advantage of the "Ranch Road Ramble in July of 2014. It was an amazing experience; rolling hills peppered with pines, the Rio San Antonio winding through the back country mesas was completely magical.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Great wildlife viewing. Unique trout fishing. Get a vehicle pass and spend the day taking in the myriad of natural wonders.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

This is well worth a visit we thought we we do several things in a day but once at the stunning Caldera that all went out the window We arrived at the visitors centre the young lady could not have been more helpful and explained we could have a pass to the rest of the park on dirt roads and... More 

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Tempe, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The Spring was a perfect time to go, lots of wild flowers, good weather, great for birding. The drive is about an hour and a half from Santa Fe, travelling up past Bandolier, beautiful scenery. Valles Caldera is a unique ancient area formed by volcanic activity. We saw elk a plenty including calves. Coyotes too. But best was the birding... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We drove up while looking around the Jemez Springs area and were able to get a permit to drive ourselves around the caldera. The roads weren't that bad, and since they limit traffic, it was very easy to take photos and stop for hikes. The area is huge! The staff at the visitor's center was very nice, and they have... More 

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San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The drive from Santa Fe to Valles Caldera was an easy 1 1/2 hours drive. At the visitor center, my wife and I had the pleasure of listening and learning from Jim Trout, a member of Valles Caldera Preserve. Jim treated us to a demonstration of the art of arrow and bow making, viewing a selection of tools, and playing... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

On Friday, June 19, my friends and I had an awesome experience at Valle Caldera. JimTrout was our guide on an evening wildlife tour. His knowledge of the animals is extensive. He also is well versed on the history and geology of the Caldera. Jim is a terrific representative for this preserve! Thank you Jim for everything! Patricia Denis Martin.... More 

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Additional Information about Valles Caldera National Preserve

Address: 39201 Highway 4, Jemez Springs, NM
Phone Number: 866-382-5537
Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Jemez Springs
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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