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.


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!

Laird Thornton

Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017

One of my favourite places in New Mexico. Absolutely breathtaking views, friendly staff, pristine and we'll maintained park.

Eugene Hogan

Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

Best part of my trip so far. The sites are beautiful and they history is interesting.

Eric Battle

Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017

Stunning views, awesome visitors center. They have filmed several movies and TV shows here. The Missing, Longmire.