Grazing continues a 100+ history of ranching in the Valles Caldera area, but must be managed to protect the purposes and values of Valles Caldera National Preserve established by its enabling legislation.
Valles Caldera National Preserve Livestock Program To Resume Summer 2023
According to historical data, the grasslands within Valles Caldera National Preserve had a historical fire return interval of 3-12 years. Therefore, to mimic natural fire behavior to improve grassland health and forage quality for both wildlife and livestock, the NPS will seek to rest and burn the preserve’s grazing areas every ten years, during which time grazing will be suspended.
Last updated: April 2, 2021