Operating Hours & Seasons


The preserve is open for exploration, reflection, and discovery from dawn until dusk every day of the year. You can access the preserve through 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

Motorized Vehicle Access

Motorized vehicle access to the preserve is open every day of the week at the Valle Grande Entrance:

  • Summer season (Saturday before Memorial Day to Labor Day): 8 am to 6 pm
  • Winter season (Tuesday after Labor Day to Friday before Memorial Day): 9 am to 5 pm

The only exceptions when the vehicle gate is closed:

  • Thanksgiving Day
  • December 25th
  • Inclement weather event

Backcountry Vehicle Access

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

  • Summer season (May 15 to October 31): Full access from the Entrance Station through Valle San Antonio (weather permitting)
  • Winter season (November 1 to May 14): About 5 miles from the Entrance Station to the northern part of Valle Grande (weather permitting)

Visitor Services

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


Last updated: December 3, 2021

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Jemez Springs , NM 87025


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