Valles Caldera National Preserve covers nearly 89,000 acres nestled inside a volcanic caldera in north central New Mexico. The main park entrance is located on NM-4, approximately halfway between the towns of Jemez Springs to the west and Los Alamos to the east.
Map of Valles Caldera National Preserve and surrounding area (Google Maps)
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
From Santa Fe:
There are several things that can affect your driving experience to the park -- road accessibility, road construction, and fast-changing weather. We recommend that visitors check the following resources before traveling:
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 Valles Caldera National Preserve road maps available at entrance stations.
Alternative Fuel Vehicles
Do you plan to travel to the park 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: February 21, 2023