Ranger-led Activities

 
Porch talk with Ranger James
Ranger James presents a porch talk with a view of Valle Grande.

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Want to learn more about Valles Caldera's geology, history, wildlife, and more? We invite you to participate in a ranger program during your visit! Valles Caldera National Preserve offers daily guided hikes and ranger talks from May through September. Keep an eye on our Calendar of Events for upcoming programs!

Caldera Chats (May - September)

Learn about a facet of what makes Valles Caldera so special.

  • 10 am and 2 pm, Sunday through Friday
  • 15 minutes
  • At the picnic area in front of the Ranger Station

History Hike with a Ranger (May - September)

Explore the cultural history of Valles Caldera with a ranger.

  • 11 am and 3 pm, Sunday through Friday
  • 1 hour
  • At the picnic area in front of the Ranger Station

Full-moon Walk in the Caldera (May - September)

Hike the La Jara Trail with a ranger, using the light of the moon as your guide! These special evening programs occur on specified dates throughout the summer season. Space is limited; registration required. Registration opens 7 days in advance.

Stargazing in the Caldera (May - September)

Join a park ranger in the Entrance Station parking area for a guided astronomy and stargazing experience in your International Dark Sky Park. These special evening programs occur on specified dates throughout the summer season. Space is limited; registration required. Registration opens 7 days in advance.

 

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Want to experience more interpretive programs during your visit? Join park rangers at neighboring Bandelier National Monument, approximately 30 minutes east of Valles Caldera, on one of their summer programs! For more information about their offerings and dates, see their Interpretive Programs webpage.

Last updated: January 10, 2023

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