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Valles Caldera National Preserve, Jemez Springs

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Valles Caldera National Preserve reviews

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  • We took a trip out to the Valles Caldera to see this geologic wonder. We were not disappointed as the wide vista opened out in front of us below the mountains. We took the trail walk around the... 
    We took a trip out to the Valles Caldera to see this geologic wonder. We were not disappointed as the wide vista opened out in front of us below the mountains. We took the trail walk around the...  more »
  • Drove by the Valles Caldera National Preserve - what a vast beautiful field. Drove down the valley to the visitor center but saw you needed a permit to go further - since it started raining we just... 
    Drove by the Valles Caldera National Preserve - what a vast beautiful field. Drove down the valley to the visitor center but saw you needed a permit to go further - since it started raining we just...  more »
  • I was left speechless when I got my first view of this beautiful area. The wide open spaces, the herds of elk and the Gunnison prairie dogs were amazing. I put this place at the top three of the... 
    I was left speechless when I got my first view of this beautiful area. The wide open spaces, the herds of elk and the Gunnison prairie dogs were amazing. I put this place at the top three of the...  more »
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  • Breathtaking views! Amazing creation. So many prairie dogs along the route. Initially we thought they were gophers. Unfortunately there are no signs in the park, we had to ask for a special permit to get inside, no places to pull over. I still give the 5 stars for the beauty of nature. Land of enchantment it is.
  • The unique beauty of this place is well worth a visit. Arriving here after driving NM4 on the Jemez Mountains Scenic drive (through all the fire ravaged forests) was a breath of fresh greenery to behold. Sadly, we saw no elk. Perhaps wrong time of day? Wrong time of year? Staff we spoke to outside of visitors center were very knowledgeable and friendly.
  • Such a great place to visit. It's full of hiking trails with great views. Look up the trails and verify their availability before making your journey. Also, be sure to pack water and food because it's rural.
  • Great park! Due to the fire potential, not much we open but it was nice to drive through and take the La Jara trail. It was hot in early June so take water and hats!
  • Highly recommend visiting during the day where the hiking views are scenic. That said, visit around sunset (or even sunrise) and you’ll be greeted with stunning scenes. Especially in the autumn.

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