The Southwest's Supervolcano

About 1.25 million years ago, a spectacular volcanic eruption created the 13-mile wide crater-shaped landscape now known as the Valles Caldera.  The preserve is known for its huge mountain meadows, abundant wildlife, and meandering streams and for preserving the homeland of ancestral native peoples and embracing a rich ranching history.

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Horse and rider with another horse and rider in the distance.

Things to Do

Biking, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, and attending ranger-led programs are among the many ways to experience the Valles Caldera.

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Man looks out over tree-covered mountains, evergreen trees, and a green valley.

Plan Your Visit

Get directions and learn about the preserve’s operating hours and seasons, preserve fees, and activities.

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Ranger talks to visitors.

Work With Us

Interested in working in Valles Caldera National Preserve? Find out what variety of options exist.

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