“This is awesome,” said Courtney Harris, of Albuquerque, as she enjoyed an outing with her family on New Year’s Day. Before the national preserve, this was the Baca Ranch, owned by the Dunnigan family. Eat: Like we said, you’re literally on your own at Valles Caldera. Situated to the north-west of Santa Fe and a train ride away from Albuquerque, the Jemez mountains is a bikepacking idyll crammed with backcountry dirt road possibilities – and fishing potential too, for anyone who packs a … “This is awesome,” said Courtney Harris, of Albuquerque, as she enjoyed an …
The preserve is known for its huge mountain meadows, abundant wildlife, and meandering streams. Front Page.

Larry Lamsa has uploaded 7535 photos to Flickr. N.E. Amenities. Los Amigos de Valles Caldera manages the Valle Grande Bookstore located within the entrance station. The most likely is the Valles Caldera… a 15-mile wide volcanic caldera in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico, where hot springs, streams, bogs, and volcanic domes dot the caldera floor, with some of the best fly-fishing in the state… The Valles Caldera National Preserve is open for business again this winter with sleigh rides, snow skiing and snow shoeing to be enjoyed on a fresh layer of deep, dazzling, snow. in the winter… This article recounts that experience. Valles Caldera (or Jemez Caldera) is a 13.7-mile (22.0 km) wide volcanic caldera in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico.Hot springs, streams, fumaroles, natural gas seeps and volcanic domes dot the caldera floor landscape. Earlier this week while exploring the Valles Caldera National Preserve in the Jemez Mountains of Northern New Mexico I reflected back on an epic winter adventure here.

The preserve also offers hunting and fishing opportunities, skiing and snowshoeing (and even sleigh rides!) Thursday, December 15, 2005 Valles Caldera Offers Overnight Winter Stays on Weekends. Explore Larry Lamsa's photos on Flickr. ; 505/247-1191).
Tip: There are no ski or snowshoe rentals at Valles Caldera―bring your own or rent on your way out of Albuquerque at REI (two-day ski rental $40, two-day snowshoe rental $30; 1550 Mercantile Ave. The Valles Caldera National Preserve is open for business again this winter with sleigh rides, snow skiing and snow shoeing to be enjoyed on a fresh layer of deep, dazzling, snow. Visitors can find snacks, drinks, books, and souvenirs of their trip to the preserve. There are several hiking trails inside Valles Caldera Preserve, as well as a couple of trails along NM-4 that are available for free, “spontaneous” hiking. The Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP for short) is a new (2015) and unusual unit of the United States national park system in the Jemez Mountains of north central New Mexico.It preserves a huge volcanic structure of great scenic and scientific value, under an arrangement that allows it also to function as a working ranch.

The highest point in the caldera is Redondo Peak, an 11,253-foot (3,430 m) resurgent lava dome located entirely within the caldera.

About 1.25 million years ago, a spectacular volcanic eruption created the 13-mile wide circular depression now known as the Valles Caldera. If it’s closed for any reason, the Valles Caldera makes a great loop in itself.