Valles Caldera
National Preserve New Mexico

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Your visit can be more enjoyable when you better understand the environment around you. Valles Caldera National Preserve offers guided hikes and ranger talks.

2022 Summer Programs

Caldera Chat

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

Explore the natural and 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

Experience Valles Caldera at night on this guided hike. Registration required

  • Limited to 25 people
  • 18:30 pm on 6/11, 7/9, 8/13; 7:30 pm on 9/10, and 7 pm on 10/8
  • Weather-dependent
  • 2 hours (must stay the entire time)
  • Meet at the Entrance Gate 15 minutes before the program.
Number of participant openings for the full-moon walk.
Date of Full-moon Walk Total Openings Current Openings
June 11 25 0
July 9 25 25
August 13 25 25
September 10 25 25
October 8 25 25

Star-gazing in the Caldera

Gaze up at magnificent night sky and learn about the universe. Registration required

  • Limited to 25 people
  • 8:30 pm on 5/28, 6/25, 7/23; 8 pm on 8/27; 7:30 pm on 9/24; 6:30 pm on 10/22
  • Weather-dependent
  • 1.5 hours (must stay the entire time)
  • Meet at the Entrance Gate 15 minutes before the program.
Number of participant openings for star-gazing.
Date of Star-gazing Total Openings Current Openings
June 25 25 0 (waitlist forming)
July 23 25 25
August 27 25 25
September 24 25 25
October 22 25 25

Registering for Full-moon Walk or Star-gazing

To participate in one of the night sky programs offered on Saturdays, please do the following:

  1. No more than one week before a program, email us to reserve a spot and provide these details:
    • Name
    • Phone number (text-capable # preferred)
    • Number of people in your party
    • Program and date you wish to reserve
  2. A ranger will respond to let you know that your reservation has been accepted, or if the program is full.

Reservations will be taken up to the Friday before the event. Rangers will text or call if the program is cancelled. Please be sure to arrive at the main entrance gate at least 15 minutes before the program.

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Last updated: June 21, 2022

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Jemez Springs , NM 87025

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