To fish inside the preserve, anglers must have a fishing permit issued by the preserve. Due to COVID-19, we now offer an electronic annual fishing special use permit that will be valid through March 31, 2021.
Instructions on obtaining and filling out the permit:
1. Click on the link to DOWNLOAD the fillable Annual Fishing Special Use Permit (SUP). You must DOWNLOAD it to your computer to be able to fill in your information and save it. You CANNOT fill it out online because your information will not save.
2. Open Adobe Reader on your computer and then, from within Adobe Reader, open the file that you have downloaded onto your computer.
3. Electronically fill in the required information. (The Preserve will fill in the Permit # and will sign as the Authorizing NPS Official)
4. Read and understand the "Rules and Regulations".
5. Electronically sign the SUP. (Click on the signature block and a window will pop up and lead you through the signing process.)
6. Save a copy on your computer- Change the name of the SUP file by adding your initials at the end.
7. Send an e-mail to email@example.com and attach the file that you just saved.
8. Allow up to 5-7 business days for preserve staff to process your request.
9. When you receive a return confirmation e-mail, there will be two attachments containing the SUP (signed by the Preserve), a vehicle dash permit, and a wallet permit card.
10. Print the vehicle dash permit and the wallet permit card. Sign the wallet permit card and carry it with you while you’re fishing. The vehicle dash permit is to be put on your vehicles’s dash while you are fishing
For questions and concerns, please contact us at VALL_Info@nps.gov or 575-829-4100 ext 3
East Fork of the Jemez River and Jaramillo CreekEast Fork begins its journey in the eastern end of the Valle Grande and flows southwest to be joined by Jaramillo Creek. The narrow Jaramillo also hides many large trout under the grass banks that overhang the crystal-clear water. The confluence of the East Fork and Jaramillo waters provides an ideal feeding area for trout and creates a near perfect fishing hole. The East Fork continues its journey under the main road into the preserve and then into a secluded valley as it exits the preserve. There the river widens, deepens, and slows, creating an excellent habitat for large trout. The East Fork presents the same challenges as the San Antonio and is home to brown and rainbow trout that grow as large at 18".
San Antonio Creek and Rito de los IndiosThe San Antonio Creek begins in the northern part of the preserve and runs west. The San Antonio is a tale of two rivers. The northern stretch is only two feet wide in some areas with few trees and shrubs to cover a fisherman's approach. The river widens at the lower end and flows over long, gravel bed shallows. The crystal clear water and lack of cover require stealth and an accurate cast to catch that big brown trout. The Rito de los Indios is a small stream located in the northeast corner of the preserve and flows into San Antonio Creek.
Vehicle AccessThose 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 be able to obtain a free backcountry vehicle permit. Permits are limited and available seasonally as conditions allow. No backcountry vehicle permit is required to fish any preserve waters accessed by foot, bike or horse.
Fishing Outfitters and GuidesValles Caldera National Preserve allows but does not provide outfitter or guide services. Only authorized outfitters or guides are permitted to conduct business within the preserve. 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 the Valles Caldera National Preserve prior to conducting any business within the preserve.
Last updated: October 2, 2020