Things To Do

Valles Caldera National Preserve welcomes everyone. Whether you delight in the challenge of a strenuous hike or prefer to sit quietly and watch the sunset, the park offers a great variety of activities for you to enjoy. Select an activity below to learn more!

A black bear lumbers through tall grass.
Wildlife Observing

Valles Caldera is home to elk, Gunnison prairie dogs, coyotes, badgers, black bears, mountain bluebirds, kestrels, and more.

Two women smile while standing next to a narrow stream with big boulders along the bank.

Explore the park on foot!

An angler casts a line into a narrow, meandering stream.

Information for anglers who wish to fish at Valles Caldera.

A line of cross-country skiers approach a log cabin surrounded by snowy pine trees.
Winter Activities

Experience the snowy, high-elevation landscape of Valles Caldera.

Two women wearing helmets pause on their bicycles along a two-track road in a grassland.

Biking is one of the most popular ways to explore Valles Caldera.

A man throws an atlatl during a ranger-guided cultural demonstration program.
Join a Ranger Program

Ranger programs, guided tours, and special events make visiting the Valles Caldera more memorable. Need suggestions? We have some for you!

The Milky Way and a night sky bursting with stars over a small stream.
Night Skies

Come and discover some of the darkest skies in the world.

A horseback rider on a gravel road in a large, grassy valley.
Horseback Riding

What you need to know about horseback riding at Valles Caldera.

A bull elk grazing in an open valley
Elk and Turkey Hunting

Hunting information for Unit 6B, which encompasses Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Several skiers bunch together for a group photo in a snowy landscape.
Front-country Experience

Walk a path, watch for wildlife, experience stunning landscape views, or join a ranger program in Valles Caldera's front-country.

A vivid, grassy valley surrounded by mountains.
Backcountry Experience

Valles Caldera's backcountry is a world of nature, where humans are guests.


Things to Do at Valles Caldera

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    Last updated: April 1, 2024

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