Valles Caldera National Preserve

Description:

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.

Directions:

Valles Caldera is located west of Los Alamos, in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico

Phone:

(505) 661-3333

Email:

info@vallescaldera.gov

Address:

18161 Highway 4 Jemez Springs, NM 87025

Activities:

Camping Fishing Hiking Hunting Winter Sports Wildlife Viewing

Organization:

FS - USDA Forest Service

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