A Diverse Landscape Born from an Explosive Past

About 1.2 million years ago, a spectacular volcanic eruption created a 14-mile-wide circular depression in the earth now known as 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

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Calendar of Events

Participate in a ranger program or special event to learn more about this spectacular place.

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Wildlife Observing

Valles Caldera provides habitat for a variety of wildlife.

Two adult mentors show a young girl how to flyfish on a mountain stream.

Information and special regulations for fishing Valles Caldera's waters.

A view of a vast mountain meadow through a webcam.
Current Conditions

Park webcam, alerts, closures, and conditions to prepare for your visit.

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Videos & Multimedia

Virtual ranger talks, science spotlights, Valles Caldera scenery, and more!

Last updated: June 21, 2024

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