Valles Caldera National Preserve: This month’s National Park Getaway

View of a ridge and canyon with fall colors
Valles Caldera National Preserve offers stunning views and opportunities to enjoy the park year round.

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News Release Date: June 1, 2017

Contact: Kimberly DeVall, (575) 829-4820

JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. – Among the newest additions to the National Park System, the 88,900-acre Valles Caldera National Preserve is a surprising gem at the top of the Jemez Mountains in north-central New Mexico that helps earn the state its motto—“The Land of Enchantment.” Its distinct topographic mosaic of expansive valley meadows—or valles in Spanish, lush forested volcanic domes, meandering valley streams, and old-growth Ponderosa pine groves are centered around a dormant "supervolcano."

Valles Caldera National Preserve enchants visitors with its stunning natural beauty and rich human history. Recreational activities include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, scenic drives, as well as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. The amazing views as travelers crest the rim and enter the preserve are well-worth the drive and offer sights most travelers to New Mexico don’t expect. Are you ready to be enchanted? Read more

The National Park Getaways series helps people find new places to connect with nature, history, family, and friends. This month’s Getaway featuring Gauley River National Recreation Area is the 270th installment in the series.
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Last updated: June 1, 2017

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