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Valles Caldera To Increase Fishing Permit Fee to Support Quality Angling Experience

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Date: March 1, 2023
Contact: Dave Krueger, 505-412-0826

Jemez Springs, NM – Due to the rising popularity of fishing in Valles Caldera National Preserve, the national park unit will begin charging a fee for its fishing permits starting April 1, 2023 to support the management of the fishing program.

“The waters of Valles Caldera National Preserve are an important contributor to the Rio Grande ecosystem and provide vital habitat to several threatened and endangered species,” said Superintendent Jorge Silva-Bañuelos. “This fee will help us better manage the fishing program while continuing to support a quality angling experience.”

The new fee schedule will be $20 for an annual pass ($10 for youth 12-17) and $5 for a 7-day pass ($3 for youth 12-17). A State of New Mexico fishing license is also required to fish within Valles Caldera. The park analyzed the cost to obtain a New Mexico fishing license and to fish in other parks in the state to ensure the fee remained affordable to park visitors.

Valles Caldera National Preserve | About 1.25 million years ago, a spectacular volcanic eruption created the 13-mile wide circular depression 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. Visit us at

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Last updated: March 3, 2023

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