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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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Coyote Call Hike

This relatively easy, loop hike begins off Highway 4 near mile marker 41 across the road from the Caldera. There's not much parking available at the trail head, but there are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

This relatively easy, loop hike begins off Highway 4 near mile marker 41 across the road from the Caldera. There's not much parking available at the trail head, but there are more spots on the caldera side of the road near a designated overlook area. The hike gradually goes up into a meadow offering panoramic views of the gorgeous Valle... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We were just sight seeing along one of the prettiest drives we've ever been on and saw this National Preserve. We drove a short distance to the info/gift shop, hoping to see some wild elk along the way.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This is an amazing place! I recommend the tour available for free at the visitor center. I was the only person on the tour with Mr. Trout. He was very knowledgeable about the geology and history of the property. We saw a herd of elk, prairie dogs and lots of birds. It was so peaceful and quiet, no crowds!

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

This lasts about 3 hrs. Led by a park ranger, it is done by van with stops in a few spots along the way. Seeing Elk out in their natural habitat is just great! Got to see some movie sets too!! Enjoyed the whole thing. Take water and your own snacks tho. Plenty of photo ops, beautiful trees and landscape... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

My wife and I first passed by the Valles Caldera National Preserve in 2004, at which time we stopped by the side of the road, looked in, and moved on. A decade later, we drove to the main staging center on a lark and wound up taking a small hike. This time through, we planned to spend a day taking... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This place is just stunning. The size and scale are confounding, with things that appear close up actually being very far away and vice versa. The product of a supervolcano many millions of years ago, it is a stunner. Not to be missed. The guides and staff were very warm, friendly and enthusiastic. We were so happy to have stumbled... More 

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Socorro, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The Valles Caldera National Preserve is a volcanic caldera that is 13.7 miles wide and is located in the Jemez Mountain of northern New Mexico. It is 95,000 acres in size and the highest point within the preserve is a lava dome-Redondo Peak 11,253 foot in altitude. Access is on the east side of the preserve via NM highway 4.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The is an extinct volcano. As you drive you will have climb mountains to reach this area. The drive to get here is beautiful and worth every mile. This valley is a contrast to the other area you drive though. Such a beautiful area. Well worth the drive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Only 24 cars a day are allowed to drive the "scenic" route through the Caldera. We were too late to make that list, but the park offers a van tour for a little ways in. The van driver was amazingly friendly, knowledgeable and competent. We enjoyed his tour immensely!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We were simply passing through the area on our way from Los Alamos to Chama, NM but so glad we took the time to drive through the preserve in the hope of spotting some elk We unfortunately didn't, but the scenery and natural beauty made up for the lack of animals. Want to spend more time here for sure!

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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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