The Valles Caldera National Preserve was a private ranch until 2000, when Congress created it from a well-known ranch known as "the Baca Ranch" in New Mexico's volcanic Jemez Mountain Range. This 89,000 acre property is situated inside a collapsed crater. Studded with eruptive domes and featuring Redondo Peak (11,254 feet), this old ranch property is now being developed to explore a new way of managing public lands. The preserve is open to the public but we guarantee you'll find the visit unlike any other you've had in a park or national forest. We keep the numbers of visitors small for any activity so you'll feel like you have the place to yourself. Don't expect big crowds, a shortage of parking, or a shop full of trinkets. Instead, we offer a chance to get out and really experience a sense of solitude that we hope will leave you refreshed and relaxed. You'll see wildlife, beautiful vistas and learn about the preserve's rich history and geology.
Valles Caldera is located west of Los Alamos, in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico
18161 Highway 4 Jemez Springs, NM 87025
Camping Fishing Hiking Hunting Winter Sports Wildlife Viewing
FS - USDA Forest Service