Operating Hours & Seasons

From dawn to dusk every day of the year, you can explore the park through pedestrian pass-through gates. These gates are located at

  • Valle Grande Entrance
  • Coyote Call Trailhead
  • Two Track Across Valle Grande Trailhead
  • Valle Grande Trailhead
  • Banco Bonito
  • Redondo Meadows
  • Sulphur Canyon

Learn about the accessibility of the gates and other accessibility efforts going on at the park on the Accessibility page.

Motorized Vehicles

Motorized vehicles can travel into the park at the Valle Grande Entrance almost every day of the week from 9 am to 5 pm.

The scheduled days when the vehicle gate is closed:

  • Thanksgiving Day
  • December 25th

Backcountry Vehicle Route

Driving vehicles beyond the Entrance Station requires a free backcountry vehicle permit. The Backcountry vehicle route varies during the year:

  • Summer season (May 15 to October 31): From the Entrance Station up into Valle San Antonio and Valle Toledo (conditions permitting)
  • Winter season (November 1 to May 14): About 5 miles from the Entrance Station to the northern part of Valle Grande where the Ranger Station and historic cabins are located (conditions permitting)

Visitor Services

There are two main visitor service facilities in Valles Caldera National Preserve:



Closures & Seasonal Exceptions


Closures & Seasonal Exceptions

Last updated: June 24, 2022

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