A Diverse Landscape Born from an Explosive Past

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

A man cross-country skiing through a forest

Winter Activities

Glide across a winter wonderland on your cross-country skis or listen to the crunch of snow under your snowshoes.

Gunnison prairie dog standing in grass

Wildlife Viewing

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

View of Missing Cabin in the Valle Grande.

Summer Actvities

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

green grasses of Valle Grande

Visit a Volcano

Everything you need to know before visiting the Valles Caldera. Start planning your trip today!

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.

Last updated: April 14, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 359
Jemez Springs, NM 87025

Phone:

(575) 829-4100 x3

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