Directions

Simple map of Valles Caldera National Preserve, surrounding area, and nearby roads
Map of Valles Caldera National Preserve



Valles Caldera National Preserve covers nearly 89,000 acres nestled inside a volcanic caldera in north central New Mexico.








Getting Here by Plane
Commercial airlines serve the following airports near Valles Caldera National Preserve all year: Albuquerque Sunport and Santa Fe Municipal Airport.
Getting Here by Bus
Bus service is not available to Valles Caldera National Preserve. The nearest bus station is in Albuquerque. Contact Greyhound for specific schedules.
Getting Here by Train
Train service is not available to Valles Caldera National Preserve. The nearest train depots are in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Contact Amtrak for specific schedules.
Getting Here by Car
Valles Caldera has two entrances. Make sure to carefully read about access at each entrance at different times of year.
From Albuquerque via Los Alamos:
  • Take I-25 north to Route 599 (Santa Fe Relief Route) - follow signs on 599 north to Los Alamos- Espanola).
  • In Pojoaque, follow signs to Los Alamos and Hwy 502.
  • You can take the "truck route" to Highway 4 below Los Alamos or drive through Los Alamos and follow signs to "Jemez Mtns." (State Hwy. 4)
  • (If you pass through Los Alamos proper, take Trinity Drive to Diamond. Take a left on Diamond, then a right on West Jemez Road to the intersection with State Highway 4. Take a right [away from Bandelier National Monument], following the highway up and into the Jemez Mountains.)
  • The Preserve is 18 miles up Highway 4 from Los Alamos. Driving time from the intersection of I-25 and I-40 is approximately 2.5 hours.
From Albuquerque via Jemez Springs:
  • Take I-25 North and Exit on to Highway 550 (Farmington Highway - old Hwy 44).
  • In San Ysidro, take Hwy 4 to Jemez Pueblo and Jemez Springs.
  • Follow Highway 4 at fork at La Cueva (stay right).
  • Preserve is about 22 miles from Jemez Springs. Look for the Main Gate at Mile Marker 39.2.
  • The Preserve is 21 miles up Highway 4 from Jemez Springs. Driving time from the intersection of I-25 and I-40 is approximately 2 hours.
From Santa Fe:
  • Head north on Highway 84-285 past the Santa Fe Opera.
  • In Pojoaque, follow signs to Los Alamos and Hwy 502.
  • You can take the "truck route" to Highway 4 below Los Alamos or drive through Los Alamos and follow signs to "Jemez Mtns." (Hwy 4)
  • (If you pass through Los Alamos proper, take Trinity Drive to Diamond. Take a left on Diamond, then a right on Jemez Road to the intersection with State Highway 4. Take a right [away from Bandelier National Monument], following the highway up and into the Jemez Mountains.)
  • The Preserve is 18 miles up Highway 4 from Los Alamos. Driving time from Santa Fe is approximately 1.5 hours.
There are several things that can affect your driving experience to the preserve -- road accessibility, road construction, and fast-changing weather. We recommend that visitors check the following resources before traveling:
  • National Weather Service forecast for New Mexico
  • New Mexico Roads
  • Road conditions are also available by calling 511, the Nation Traveler Information System. If your phone does not support 511, call 1-800-432-4269. Both numbers are toll-free.
Warning about GPS Systems! Vehicle Navigation Systems and GPS units may provide inaccurate information—sending drivers the wrong way on one-way roads, leading them to dead ends in remote areas, or sending them on roads which are closed at certain times of year. Make sure to use preserve road maps available at entrance stations.
Alternative Fuel Vehicles
Do you plan to travel to the preserve in an alternative fuel vehicle? If so, good for you! Your actions help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce petroleum use. Plan your trip with the Alternative Fueling Station Locator from the Department of Energy (search on zip code 87025).

Last updated: December 23, 2016

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 359
Jemez Springs, NM 87025

Phone:

(575) 829-4100

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