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 year from 9 am to 5 pm. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the park is open to motorized vehicles from 8 am to 6 pm.

The scheduled days when the vehicle gate is closed:

  • Thanksgiving Day
  • December 25th

When dangerous driving conditions exist in the park, particularly during the winter season, the vehicle entrance is subject to closure or delayed opening. Check our Current Conditions webpage for any park closures, delays, or information that may affect your visit.

Backcountry Vehicle Route

From May 15 to November 15, the park's backcountry can be reached by motorized vehicle. A backcountry vehicle pass obtained from Recreation.gov is required. The route goes from the cabin district on the northern side of Valle Grande, through the central part of the park, and up into Valle San Antonio and Valle Toledo (conditions permitting).

Visitor Services

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


Last updated: May 17, 2023

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Jemez Springs, NM 87025


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