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Valles Caldera National Preserve

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Address: 39201 Highway 4, Jemez Springs, NM 87025-9428
Phone Number: 575-829-4100
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Very beautiful and interssting

Hey, it's a caldera, never seen one so we drove by it. It's in the middle of nowhere, but you'll go past Los Alamos Lab on the way, which is sure to stir up conversation. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Roswell, Georgia
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

While we knew in advance the road was not paved, "ridiculous" would be a better way to describe it. If you are the driver, don't expect to see anything, because if your eyes stray from the road, even momentarily, you will hit a pothole, drainage ditch, large rock or sundry other surprise. Ten MPH is about the maximum speed you... More 

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Roswell, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hey, it's a caldera, never seen one so we drove by it. It's in the middle of nowhere, but you'll go past Los Alamos Lab on the way, which is sure to stir up conversation. The caldera is natural and raw, beautiful, w elk and other critters roaming. Watch getting close to the prairie dogs, they have been recently afflicted... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Unpleasant park rangers and poor signage and maps. Otherwise a beautiful place. The ranger when asked did not inform us of the severely Rutted and washed out road towards the end of the long drive. I saw her grunt something at a foreign visitor who was having difficulty with English. This place is fairly new but what does it take... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been wanting to hike and fly fish in the Caldera ever since moving to NM but up until about a year ago, it was difficult to gain access. Since being acquired by the National Park Service, it's much easier. There is a limit of 35 vehicles per day and when that number is reached, that's it. So, early arrival... More 

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Port Orange, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I have never visited a National Park site we did not like. Valles Caldera is one of the newest. We have seen the caldera when it was not a NPS site but did not go in. Now we can drive in and really see the location. It's a dirt road which is about 12 miles long if... More 

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New Berlin, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016

If you like wilderness areas, this is definitely worthwhile traveling to from Los Alamos. Be sure to take advantage of the amenities in Los Alamos, as this is a windy, remote drive to and from the caldera. The caldera is both geologically and environmentally significant so take the time to look at the features and flora and fauna you see... More 

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Paradise, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

I've driven by the Caldera many times over the years. Last year we heard that the NPS had taken over the preserve and decided to make a visit. The scenery was INCREDIBLE! We wanted to drive the preserve but there is a 30 car/day limit and those 30 spots had already been taken. We did a couple of hikes and... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

Valles Caldera National Preserve is a part of the National Parks service. It formed as a result of a 6 million years ago volcanic eruption, 500 times greater than Mt. Helens. The 89,000 acre reserve was made a National Park on Sept. 2015. A rough dirt road leads off of NM Hwy 4 that leads to the visitor trailhead. The... More 

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Valles Caldera wide volcanic caldera in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico. Hot springs, streams, fumaroles, natural gas seeps and volcanic domes dot the caldera floor landscape. The highest point in the caldera is Redondo Peak, an 11,253-foot resurgent lava dome located entirely within the caldera. Also within the caldera are several grass valleys [Valle(s)] the largest of which... More 

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Marietta, GA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

After leaving Bandelier National Monument we saw Valles Caldera National Preserve on the map. This preserve encompasses the huge caldera of an extinct volcano. Since it looked interesting we drove the 14 miles of mountain road to get there. Entrance is on a couple of miles of dirt road to a small visitor center. Thinking that was all you could... More 

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