A Diverse Landscape Born from an Explosive Past

About 1.25 million years ago, a spectacular volcanic eruption created the 13-mile wide circular depression now known as the Valles Caldera.  The preserve is known for its huge mountain meadows, abundant wildlife, and meandering streams. The area also preserves the homeland of ancestral native peoples and embraces a rich ranching history.

A small, icy stream flows through a snowy valley

Current Conditions

Check for alerts, closures, and conditions to prepare for your visit.

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Winter Activities

Glide across a winter wonderland on your cross-country skis or listen to the crunch of snow under your snowshoes.

A park volunteer wearing a backpack and a wide-brimmed hat smiles at us from the edge of a pond.

Volunteer

Share a little time and make a big difference by volunteering at Valles Caldera!

A herd of elk grazing in an open valley

Elk and Turkey Hunting

Hunt applications now processed through New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Review changes regarding vehicle access during hunts.

Last updated: November 18, 2022

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PO Box 359
Jemez Springs , NM 87025

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575 829-4100 x3

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