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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
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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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Great if You Like Wilderness Areas!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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New Berlin, Wisconsin
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New Berlin, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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Stamford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a geologist and former resident of New Mexico, I had always wondered what was beyond the original lookout of the caldera from the main road. The preserve has since granted access to the caldera and you can obtain a pass to drive through it. As mentioned in earlier posts, the road to the ranger station and thought the caldera... More 

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Guadalajara, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

The Valles Caldera is the collapsed basin of a very large volcano. The basin is 13 miles across and is a beautiful meadow. It was a private ranch until the last 10 or 15 years when it became part of the Park Service. As a private ranch it was used for a number of movies.

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016

My husband wanted to see this historic site - it having been mentioned by the Robert Oppenheimer character in the series "Manhattan." Let me warn you, the road in to the Visitors' Center is terrifically bumpy! It seems many people come here to hike, fish and camp. While my husband gleaned all the information he desired from the Park attendant,... More 

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Purcell, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016

Beautiful place to visit. You can see lots of wildlife. The elk are amazing. We took a short tour. Next time will take a longer tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

This place is breathtaking we arrived early and were able to get an off roading pass to drive throughout the park. They only give out 35 a day. With kids it is necessary. Although even with a pass it was too boring for them. If it was just me and the hubby it would have been a great time its... More 

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