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Valles Caldera National Preserve

39201 New Mexico 4

About 1.25 million years ago, a spectacular volcanic eruption created the 13-mile wide circular depression now known as the Valles Caldera.  The preserve is known for its huge mountain meadows, abundant wildlife, and meandering streams. The area also preserves the homeland of ancestral native peoples and embraces a rich ranching history.


Ryan Nettles

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Brand New National Park. We arrived just before park closed, so did not get to explore. Interesting geologic features and history. Will return to explore. Visitor center is makeshift as of now. Higher rating when more permanent structure added, entrance road paved.

Jeff Mapes

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018

Wonderfully beautiful place to visit! Highly suggest driving to the north side to take in the sights and do some hiking. Very remote and a lot of history. Make sure to purchase a park map at the guard house upon your arrival. Loved it!

Ian Hutchinson

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017

This entire area is nothing short of amazing. It is a very distinct and stunningly beautiful area and a real treasure in New Mexico. The heard of elk that you can find here sometimes are amazing. Fall is the best time to be here by gar as it is just amazing with color.

Pamela Ray

Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017

Visited last weekend in August. Great staff assistance. Great drive through peaceful and inspiring scenery. Always wondered what the ranch looked like. Saw bear and deer as well as hawks. Sadly still much evidence of past fires, but, as with all huge burns, recovery will occur but slowly. Could be difficult drive in rain. Definitely worth the visit!

Lady Sixx

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018

This is a really neat place to visit. What a beautiful area and an amazing day trip!

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