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
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Everything you need to know before visiting the Valles Caldera. Start planning your trip today!
Valles Caldera is home to elk, Gunnison prairie dogs, coyotes, badgers, black bears, Eastern mountain bluebirds, golden eagles and more.
The Valles Caldera has a variety of activities sure to make your visit memorable.
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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