As the rivers of Valles Caldera National Preserve meander through lush mountain meadows, they create miles of pools and overhanging banks, which are home to thousands of trout. The views and quiet serenity are well worth the fishing trip. Fishing in Valles Caldera can help support preservation of native species and restoration of natural ecosystems.
To fish inside the park, you must have:
We offer an annual fishing permit valid through March 31 of the next year and a seven-day fishing permit.
Fishing Rules and Regulations
New Mexico Fishing License
Follow these steps to obtain and verify possession of a New Mexico Fishing License (valid April 1 through March 31).
Remember, you need to have your New Mexico Fishing License on your person when fishing in Valles Caldera.
Special Use Permit for Fishing
Applications for obtaining a Special Use Permit for fishing in Valles Caldera for April 1, 2023 through March 31, 2024 are now available. Note: Be sure to obtain your 2023-24 New Mexico Fishing License starting April 1 before applying for a permit.
These fees support the management of the fishing program.
Annual (April 1, 2023 through March 31, 2024)
Please contact us if you have any questions.
Those anglers who want to drive their personal vehicles into the backcountry to fish the San Antonio Creek, Rito de los Indios, or Jaramillo Creek must obtain a backcountry vehicle pass. Passes are limited and available on Recreation.gov.
No backcountry vehicle pass is required to fish any park waters accessed by foot, bike, or horse.
Fishing Outfitters and Guides
Valles Caldera National Preserve allows but does not provide outfitter or guide services. Only authorized outfitters or guides are permitted to conduct business within the park. To work with a guide, please visit our listing of permitted fishing guides.
To become authorized, outfitters and guides must first obtain a commercial use authorization through Valles Caldera National Preserve prior to conducting any business within the park.
Last updated: August 17, 2023