Last updated: January 12, 2024
Valles Caldera National Preserve
Unlogged Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir tree grove
Mature conifer grove
Scenic View/Photo Spot
This 125-acre old-growth forest of 250–400-year-old Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir trees is among the few locations that make up the remaining five percent of magnificent forests not lost to 20th century logging. It stands in testimony both to the intact ecosystems before historic land-use practices and to the long-term potential of sustained forest restoration underway at the preserve. Easily accessible by vehicle on the northern edge of the Valle Grande, about 4.5 miles from the the main gate, this destination allows visitors to step into the past natural heritage of the Jemez Mountains and to experience the profoundly quiet soundscape of the caldera.