A Diverse Landscape Born from an Explosive Past

About 1.2 million years ago, a spectacular volcanic eruption created a 13-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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Winter Fest 2024

Join us on Saturday, March 9, for a free festival celebrating the winter season!

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Winter Activities

Experience the snowy, high-elevation landscape of Valles Caldera.

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Current Conditions

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

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Geology, wildlife, night skies, waterways...learn all about nature at Valles Caldera.

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Ranger Programs and Special Events

Join a ranger program to learn more about this spectacular place.

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History & Culture

Valles Caldera has a rich human history that spans more than 11,000 years.

Last updated: February 16, 2024

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Jemez Springs, NM 87025


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