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.Use our Jemez Springs trip itinerary planning app to arrange your visit to Valles Caldera National Preserve and other attractions in Jemez Springs.
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We drove to here and only walked La Jara Loop trail at the entrance station. It's 1.5 mile loop. We only saw some prairie dogs, didn't see nay other animals. It was a beautiful walk though. more »
Valles Caldera is a magical experience! A truly vast, beautiful, hidden gem of wildlife, natural wonders, and open spaces ready to greet you. I've been fortunate to visit several years in a row now... more »
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.
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