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.
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.
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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.
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.
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