Valles Caldera National Preserve, Jemez Springs

Valles Caldera National Preserve is a national preserve in New Mexico located in northeastern Sandoval County and southern Rio Arriba County, just west of Los Alamos. It protects a large portion of the Valles Caldera, an area of significant geological, ecological and cultural interest. It has a land area of 89,216 acres (139.400 sq mi; 361.04 km2) and until 2015 was administered by the Valles Caldera Trust with offices in Jemez Springs. In 2014 legislation attached to the National Defense Authorization Act authorized the transfer of the preserve to the National Park Service and termination of the Valles Caldera Trust. The transfer to NPS management took place on October 1, 2015.
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  • The drive thru the Caldera even in winter is spectacular! We saw Donner Party snow levels (and we live in Big Snow Country) All sorts of scenic views & twisty well maintained roads, would love to do.....  more »
  • Apparently, rangers had freed too many people from the snow covered road and it was closed. Still, we got a good view of the basin. A few brave souls Wes out on X-C skis. It was very windy and snow...  more »
  • This is the largest caldera in North America, situated in the Santa Fe National Forest. The closest campground is Jemez Falls Campground which is a Forest Service campground. It is a dry...  more »
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  • Beautiful area. Very diverse eco system with abundant plant and animal life. It’s a shame they let hinting occur within the park. That’s why four stars. Beyond that, this place is an amazing must visit. Come early and register your vehicle to drive through the caldera itself and experience it all. Even saw a bear and cub! Beautiful must see on your trip to northern NM!
  • A unique part of New Mexico. So beautiful and raw. This is not a developed national park. This National Preserve makes you feel like you are stepping back in time. We only saw a fraction of the preserve but we are eager to return and spend more time to see the rest.
  • Was definitely a site to see and the hike was phenomenal. Just the utter and shear beauty of this place is incredible to say the least. My sister and I loved it all the way around! HIGHLY recommend, if you're in the area, that you check this place out, you definitely won't regret it! Loved seeing the elk and the little prairie dogs as a nice bonus.
  • Beautiful valley. Immense. Breathtaking. I drove to the visitor center, and ran the 1.5 mile trail around the hill with trees. Lots of prairie dogs. Park rangers were friendly.
  • The awe inspiring realization of how powerful nature is. Being there made me think about how much this country as well as the rest of the world has changed through the millenniums. The park rangers were pleasant and informative.

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