(In Dec, 2014, US President Barack Obama signed a bill transferring management of Valle Calderas to the National Park Service. That should allow for an improved visitor experience.)

The Valles Caldera National Preserve is a 140 square mile area including extensive, pristine grasslands, one of North America’s largest elk herds, and the remnants of a rare super volcano. The land is also held sacred by the Jemez Pueblo Native People, and is acknowledged to be one of the most impressive and distinct landscapes in the entire Southwestern United States.

Key Attractions:

  • Ideal trails for horseback riding and racing

  • Wildlife viewing - come see one of the largest elk herds

  • Fly fishing, hiking, and mountain biking

  • Snowshoeing and cross country skiing during snowy months

  • Hot springs and other volcanic landforms like fumaroles, gas seeps, and domes

Location: Northern New Mexico; Jemez Mountains

  • From Albuquerque take I-25 north and exit onto Hwy 550 (Farmington/old Hwy 44)

  • In San Ysidro, take Hwy 4 to Jemez Pueblo and Jemez Springs

  • Follow Hwy 4 at La Cueva fork (stay right)

  • Valles Caldera is about 22 miles from Jemez Springs

  • Look for main gate at mile marker 39.2

  • 2-2.5 hours from Albuquerque

Nearby Attractions:

  • Los Alamos, NM

  • Pueblo of Jemez

  • Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM

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