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Contact: Kimberly DeVall, 575-829-4820
Valles Caldera National Preserve will close its main gate and Valle Grande entrance station on December 25th in observance of the Christmas holiday; the Coyote Call and Valle Grande trails will remain open from sunrise to sunset. The entrance station and main gate will reopen December 26th at 9:00 AM.
The snow hasn’t graced the preserve just yet, so visitors still have the opportunity to hike, bike, or ride horses. Visitors who like to watch wildlife might catch sightings of coyotes, elk, and bald eagles.
When the snows finally come and conditions allow, visitors can cross-country ski or snowshoe. The preserve has 20 miles of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails; although travel off trail is permitted for those wanting more of a challenge. Of the 20 miles of trails, about 11 miles are groomed on a weekly basis. The Valle Grande Bookstore located in the entrance station has snowshoes available for rent.
Winter hours for the preserve are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily. For more information about the preserve and activities, please visit www.nps.gov/vall, follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/
VallesCaldera/, or call 575-829-4100, option 3.