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Valles Caldera National Preserve

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Address: 39201 Highway 4, Jemez Springs, NM 87025
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+1 575-829-4100
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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, lots of outdoor activities possible

Valles Caldera has become part of the National Park service in the past few years, so if you have not been there recently the services, rules,etc have changed. Great scenery... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Valles Caldera has become part of the National Park service in the past few years, so if you have not been there recently the services, rules,etc have changed. Great scenery, mountain biking and hiking in the warm months, cross-country skiing if the snow is good, fishing. They manage it so there will not be crowds. If you have 4WD you... More 

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Clemmons, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located a little ways outside of Los Alamos, Valles Caldera National Monument protects an area containing a vast meadow nestled among the high mountains of northern New Mexico. The main visitor center is located in the middle of the meadow at the end of a dirt road. Dozens of little trails leave from the parking lot. This area offers fantastic... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2016

We drove through here on a day trip and were happy we did. I'd seen it from the sky in the spring, but it's just as beautiful with snow in the winter. With lots of fresh snow, we were afraid to drive into the preserve, but it's majestic even from the road.

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

The drive is beautiful and particularly with snow on the ground, but none on the highway. It is full of natural beauty and geographic interest.

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laconia, nh
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

I had read a lot about the Caldera but had no idea what we were in store for. I did not know it was now a NP and on our first day in the area we merely stopped along the road above it and took pictures of it, as it is truly a unique geographic area. A few days later... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

Valles Caldera was new to us and a very pleasant surprise. Lets get the negatives out of the way - the roads through the caldera were terrible. We have a small car and we made it fine, but it was not fun. Very rocky. Now the positive: beautiful grasslands surrounded by mountains, nice hiking, not crowded. Recently taken over by... More 

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Boerne, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

Great spot for a drive. Pack your binoculars and watch for wildlife. The history of the are is very inteersting and its amazing to think you are driving around in a supervolcano. Great photo ops.

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016 via mobile

Go early so that you can get a pass for the backcountry, otherwise stay for the small Museum and displays at the half. When the elk are out they have a telescope so that you can watch them.

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Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

This is one of the newest "parks" ~ actually a "preserve" ~ in the national system, & they're just getting organized with lots of plans for the future. It's remote ~ along the Jemez Mountain Trail Scenic Byway ~ & well worth the stop as long as you don't want or need lots of amenities & hand-holding. The first thing... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

The Valles Caldera is a must see. This ancient volcano is a gem - filled with elk, blue sky, golden grasses, brown trout, obsidian, and vistas for miles. Go early to get a back country permit and enjoy having a national preserve almost to yourself!

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