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Valles Caldera National Preserve

39201 Highway 4, Jemez Springs, NM
866-382-5537
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: 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,... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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106 reviews 106 reviews
29 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

My friends and I saw this area as we drove by on our way to the Bodhi Manda Zen Center. We didn't get out of the car because our road trip was already taking much longer than we had anticipated. But the Valles Caldera was awesome to look at and the scenery really added to our trip. I hope to... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

On Memorial Day weekend of 2014, we took the Magma Tour with Jim Trout. He was delightful with his history and tales of the past and present. Thoroughly delightful! I would recommend this tour wholeheartedly!

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

We could not have had a more perfect day. Fraser and Cathy Goff were so informative and Jim Trout was not only an excellent driver, but was able to identify the flora and fauna of the area. We were overwhelmed by the majesty of the caldera and the Goff's insights of the whys and whens made it come alive. This... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

Our tour was great fun. Our guide, Jim Trout, was interesting and knowledgeable. We recommend him. We learned a lot not only about Valles Caldera, but interesting tidbits about New Mexico.

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Alto, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Its a beautiful place and will go there again! You can take van tours or have them drop you off at a hiking trail. They will pick you back up later. This keeps traffic down in the preserve.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Jim Trout narrated our short tour around the caldera where various movies (e.g., The Lone Ranger) had recently been made in different locations on the property there. We could see the return of the forested trees that had nearly been charred to ashes from a forest fire last year. It was interesting to learn that trees would not grow in... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Jack Trout a long term resident leads the excellent "Movies" tour. I'm not a big western fan, but Jack takes you all over the preserve and shares the history of the caldera. He brings the park alive. We had several opportunities to get out of the van and walk around. What a fun day. I highly recommend you take this... More

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Thanks to Emily Blumenthal, special events coordinator, for helping me arrange a Wednesday hike for 25 of the Lemon Lot Hikers. Once I finally made contact with her, she complied with all my requests, and she sent all the pertinent e-mail information in a timely manner. We were anxious to hike on our own schedule, in an area that is... More

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Spring, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Our family of 3 stopped at Coyote Calls for a morning hike. There was an ascent of about 450 feet, mostly at the beginning of the hike. There was nothing overly strenuous if you are in average shape. I am not used to the altitude, so I took several water breaks and enjoyed the scenery. The views are spectacular and... More

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

Thanks very much for taking the time to share your hiking experience with us. Coyote call is one of four free hikes that we provide. So far we have 80 miles of hiking trails and 15 hikes to enjoy.We are working hard to add more trails, too. Thanks for stopping by adnd come back soon. Terry More

Corrales, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I have now walked two of the open trails and enjoyed both. i was told that they are thinking of opening more trails and roads in the future and really do hope that this happens. it's a beautiful place and I would like to see more of it. The was all very helpful and enjoyable.

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

I'm glad you enjoyed your hike and took time to "smell the roses" and take in the views. We have 80 miles of hiking trails available and are looking to expand. So stay tuned for more great hikes and the views that come with them. -- Terry More

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