The Nation's Newest National Preserve

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

green grasses of Valle Grande

Visit a Volcano

Everything you need to know before visiting the Valles Caldera. Start planning your trip today!

a hand holding a brown trout

Fly Fishing on the Preserve

The preserve offers the best mountain meadow fly fishing experience in New Mexico.

View from La Garita looking south across Valle San Antonio toward Redondo Peak

Explore the Backcountry

Want to see more of the preserve? Learn how you can enter the backcountry via vehicle, foot, bike, or horse.

Gunnison prairie dog standing in grass

Wildlife Viewing

Valles Caldera is home to elk, Gunnison prairie dogs, coyotes, badgers, black bears, Eastern mountain bluebirds, golden eagles and more.

View of Missing Cabin in the Valle Grande.

Summer Actvities

The Valles Caldera has a variety of activities sure to make your visit memorable.

Jim Trout tanning an elk hide

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!

Last updated: July 13, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 359
Jemez Springs, NM 87025


(575) 829-4100

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