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. Read More

A group of program participants, including two leashed dogs, smile alongside a park ranger.
Valles Caldera Fall Fiesta

Join us October 7 - 15, 2023, for a celebration of the fall season at Valles Caldera!

A golden montane valley shrouded by fog.
Current Conditions

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

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.

Ranger Dave providing a program in the Cabin District.
Join a Ranger Program

Ranger programs, guided tours, and special events make visiting the Valles Caldera more memorable. Need suggestions? We have some for you!

A log cabin in front of an evergreen forest.
Things to Do

Walk a path, watch for wildlife, experience stunning landscape views, ride your bike, or join a ranger program.

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Park News

What's happening at Valles Caldera?

Last updated: September 22, 2023

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Contact Info

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PO Box 359
Jemez Springs, NM 87025


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