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During the winter season, road conditions in the Jemez Mountains can be treacherous. From December through March, NM State Route 4 is often snow-packed and icy, restricting access to Valles Caldera National Preserve.
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.
Prescribed pile burning begins on the south side of South Mountain on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, and will likely last for several weeks during favorable conditions. Smoke will be visible from New Mexico State Route 4 and the Valle Grande area.
Last updated: December 5, 2023