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Valle Grande from the Cabin District

A view into Valle Grande from the Ranger Station.

Image description: Tall Ponderosa pine trees are scattered in the foreground. Behind them, the landscape opens into an expansive, grassy valley with wooded hills in the background.

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An orange snowplow truck drives past a snowy Valles Caldera National Preserve entrance sign.
A snow plow on NM-4 at the park entrance.

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Road Conditions

Conditions along NM-4 through the Jemez Mountains can be unpredictable in the winter. Snow, ice, and drifts can create hazardous driving conditions to and from Valles Caldera. For information about road conditions along your route, check out: NMRoads - The official road advisory system for the State of New Mexico.

Valles Caldera National Preserve works hard to maintain passable driving conditions from the park entrance at NM-4 to the Cabin District throughout the winter. Following winter weather events, temporary closures and delays are to be expected to allow adequate time for crews to clear roads, parking lots, and pathways for visitor safety. Before you visit, always refer to the Alerts at the top of this webpage for up-to-date information about winter weather closures and delays.

 

Snowpack

January 27, 2023: Average snow depth in Valle Grande is ~2 feet, with areas of the Cabin District coming in at 3 to 4 feet. Entrance road has 4- to 5-foot snowdrifts, and the Entrance Station parking area has snow piles (from plowing) up to 9 feet high. The entrance road is plowed but snow-packed. 4WD recommended.

Cross-country ski tracks have been established from the Entrance Station to the Cabin District and on to History Grove and South Mountain. Waterways are ice-covered.

 

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Human Health

 

What to Know

The National Park Service (NPS) is working service-wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In areas CDC identifies as HIGH COVID-19 community level, masks are required in NPS buildings regardless of vaccination status. In LOW and MEDIUM COVID-19 community level areas, masks are optional. Signs at park buildings share the current status.

When recreating, please follow state health orders and recreate responsibly by physical distancing, wearing a face covering when physical distance cannot be maintained, avoiding high risk activities, and staying home if you feel sick.

The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

This is a rare but serious disease that humans can contract through contact with infected rodents or their urine, saliva, blood, or droppings. Reduce exposure by staying out of structures not open to the public.

Learn more at the CDC's web page on hantavirus.

Fleas, which transmit bubonic plague, are present throughout the Gunnison's prairie dog colonies at Valles Caldera National Preserve. Reduce exposure by keeping your distance from prairie dogs.

Learn more at the CDC's web pages on plague.

 

Fire

Currently there are no active fires affecting Valles Caldera National Preserve. To learn about recent fire events, visit our Wildland Fire webpage.

Last updated: January 27, 2023

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PO Box 359
Jemez Springs , NM 87025

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575 829-4100 x3

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