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

Overlooking an expansive, grassy valley with forested peaks in the background
Front-country Experience

The quintessential Valles Caldera experience is accessible right off the highway.

A distant elk herd grazes in a grassy valley with patches of snow and dense fog overhead.
Current Conditions

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

An angler casts a line into a narrow, meandering stream.

Information for anglers who wish to fish at Valles Caldera.

A log cabin in front of golden aspen trees.
Things to Do

Walk a path, watch for wildlife, experience stunning landscape views, ride your bike, or join a ranger program.

Tiny yellow rock crystals form at the opening of a volcanic fumarole.

Explore the volcanic origins of Valles Caldera.

Two firetrucks park on a road near a small fire that burns a single pine tree.
Park News

What's happening at Valles Caldera?

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

PO Box 359
Jemez Springs, NM 87025


575 829-4100 x3

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