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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Videos & Multimedia

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

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Ranger Programs and Special Events

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

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Wildlife Observing

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

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Information for anglers who wish to fish at Valles Caldera.

Last updated: April 16, 2024

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PO Box 359
Jemez Springs, NM 87025


Ranger Station (for general park information)

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