East Fork of the Jemez RiverHome to both brown and rainbow trout, the East Fork of the Jemez River meanders through the largest valley—Valle Grande—within the 13.7-mile wide volcanic caldera that makes up the Valles Caldera. The 6.5 miles of river is a popular destination for anglers, hikers, and sightseers alike.
The Valle Grande Contact Station is the launching point to explore the grandeur of the Valle Grande along these waters either to the headwaters 4 miles to the east, or 2.4 miles downstream to a secluded Hidden Valley where the river leaves the preserve to the southwest.
San Antonio CreekBelow the north rim of the volcanic caldera lies 12 miles of the San Antonio Creek. The creek meanders through the lush mountain meadows of the Valle San Antonio and is home to thousands of brown trout. Elk, bear, coyote and mountain bluebirds are often spotted along the banks of the creek.
Vehicle access to the San Antonio Creek is limited and available seasonally as conditions allow. Access to the creek via hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing is available year-round as conditions allow.
Historic Cabin DistrictThe cabin district was the headquarters and residential site used by previous land owners for large scale sheep and cattle ranching operations since the 1860s. Today, the historic structures left by the previous land owners are used to interpret the colorful ranching history of the 88,900 acres once known as Baca Location No 1.
North RimThe north rim offers visitors, who are willing to put in the effort, breathtaking views of the Valles Caldera. From within the preserve, La Garita is the route of choice for hikers and mountain bikers to enjoy spectacular views of mix conifer forests and the many mountain meadows and valleys below.
Vehicle access to La Garita is limited and available seasonally as conditions allow. Acces to the creek via hiking, biking, equestrian riding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing is available year-round as conditions allow.
South RimThe south rim provides some amazing views of the Valle Grande to the north and Dome Wilderness to the south. The easiest access to south rim is from the Coyote Call Trailhead. Hike ¼ mile counterclockwise on the Coyote Call loop trail and then take the Rabbit Ridge spur an additional 2 miles to the ridge. The route is well signed.
Last updated: February 15, 2017