From dawn to dusk every day of the year, you can explore the park through pedestrian pass-through gates. These gates are located at
Learn about the accessibility of the gates and other accessibility efforts going on at the park on the Accessibility page.
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:
Backcountry Vehicle Route
Driving vehicles beyond the Entrance Station requires a free backcountry vehicle permit. The Backcountry vehicle route varies during the year:
There are two main visitor service facilities in Valles Caldera National Preserve:
Last updated: June 24, 2022