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Valles Caldera National Preserve

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Address: 39201 Highway 4, Jemez Springs, NM 87025
Phone Number: 575-829-4100
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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. Bring your camera and enjoy the expansive views. Pet Friendly: Dogs on leashes are welcome at the contact stations, but are prohibited elsewhere on the Preserve. Registered assistance animals are allowed.

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Beautiful Scenery

Unfortunately I didn't have much time here before having to drive to the airport. Would like to go back and do some hiking & fishing. Try to go in the morning or late in the day... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Michigan
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Unfortunately I didn't have much time here before having to drive to the airport. Would like to go back and do some hiking & fishing. Try to go in the morning or late in the day to see more wildlife. Also if I'm not mistaken they only allow 35 cars to enter the Preserve per day, during the week your... More 

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VallesCaldera, Park Ranger at Valles Caldera National Preserve, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. To clarify, there is no limit to how many cars can enter the preserve on any given day. Anyone can enter the preserve to hike, bike, cross-country ski, etc. We also offer a shuttle service during the weekends throughout the summer season. The 35 cars limit refers to the number of backcountry vehicle permits that... More 

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Long, winding drive but what a view! So much greeen and so many things to see. Bring binoculars if you have them! We saw deer or an antelope in th e distance goign accross the caldera.

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VallesCaldera, Park Ranger at Valles Caldera National Preserve, responded to this review

The Valles Caldera National Preserve is a beautiful place. The animal you saw in the distance was most likely an elk. --Ranger Kimberly More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awe inspiring expanse of collapsed volcanoes which created miles of ash based mountain landscape. Elk roam free, as do cattle. Snow shoeing in winter as well as cross country skiing. Hiking and horseback riding. Guided tours. Great visitors center. Higher altitude so cooler in summer.

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VallesCaldera, Park Ranger at Valles Caldera National Preserve, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit. We hope to see you again! --Ranger Kimberly More 

Placitas, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Valles Caldera is a vast area (13.7 wide volcanic caldera) that offers the chance to see wildlife ( elk and deer mostly). You can do birding, fly fishing and in the winter it's a great place for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

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VallesCaldera, Park Ranger at Valles Caldera National Preserve, responded to this review

Winter is truly a magical place to cross-country ski and snowshoe at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Thanks you for your review. --Ranger Kimberly More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the most gorgeous places I have ever been in my many years of traveling! If you want to have your breath taken away by the beauty of creation, this is a MUST-SEE!

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VallesCaldera, Park Ranger at Valles Caldera National Preserve, responded to this review

We agree that the Valles Caldera National Preserve is stunning. Thank you for taking time to review your visit! --Ranger Kimberly More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

This is well worth the trip. We saw over 100 elk and had a great drive through meadow after meadow. They only allow a certain number of cars in a day but the elk could be seen from the visitor center. This is one of three super volcanoes in the U.S. and the caldera it left is magnificent. The Park... More 

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VallesCaldera, Park Ranger at Valles Caldera National Preserve, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review Dorsey! More 

Cape May Court House, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

We get up real early to see the Elk. In the fall they are along the road because they are in rut and we hear them bugle like crazy we were here in May and they were not close to the road as they had a prescribed burn of the meadow but now since it is a National Park you... More 

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VallesCaldera, Park Ranger at Valles Caldera National Preserve, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. The fall rut is an excellent time to view and hear the elk. One of my favorite activities is to pack a sack dinner, hike the Valle Grande trail, and sit under the treeline to watch the elk. Yes, you can drive on designated roads within the preserve if you are one of the 35... More 

Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

We were the last ones allowed in for the day. Drove as far as we were allowed-nice scenery. We saw two coyotes and a number of elk. It is an enormous caldera from an extinct volcano that formed a lot of the terrain of the region. Very interesting. If you combine a visit here with the museum in Los Alamos,... More 

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VallesCaldera, Park Ranger at Valles Caldera National Preserve, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. And, yes, a visit to the museums in Los Alamos compliment any visit to the preserve! I would like to clarify something for other readers of this review. I believe when you said you were the last ones allowed in for the day, you meant you were the... More 

Corona del Mar, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

this enormous caldera is worth a visit for the nature, the history, the geology, or just a chance to turn and turn and see this 'valley' that was once a volcano. it's amazing. i'm sorry that we didn't have time for exploring more. we had no idea that we would find so much in this otherwise pretty much ignored chunk... More 

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VallesCaldera, Park Ranger at Valles Caldera National Preserve, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your review of your visit to our dormant supervolcano. More 

Hurst, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

This is truly a wonder of nature. The wildlife walking past and the views combine to make this such a unique place. It's a unique formation. Beautiful space.

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VallesCaldera, Park Ranger at Valles Caldera National Preserve, responded to this review

The Valles Caldera National Preserve is a unique wonder. Thank you for submitting a review. --Ranger Kimberly More 

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