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

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.

View of Missing Cabin in the Valle Grande.

Summer Actvities

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

Two bull elk fighting

Elk and Turkey Hunting

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

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 359
Jemez Springs, NM 87025


(575) 829-4100
Main phone number for the Valles Caldera National Preserve. For visitor center, select option #3.

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