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Valles Caldera National Preserve

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39201 Highway 4, Jemez Springs, NM 87025-9428
+1 575-829-4100
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Trip West

Enjoyed this site tremendously. The history of the area is fascinating and the area is extremely... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Barbara S
Dry and disappointed.

Pretty dry could see much cause of the fire restrictions. Saw some in the the distance, one coyote... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Locagirl1
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Known for its expansive high mountain valles, large elk herds, and diverse history, the Preserve is a favorite among the locals when friends and relatives are in town. If you are in New Mexico you do not want to miss this. Bring your camera and enjoy the expansive views. Pet Friendly: Dogs on leashes are welcome at the contact stations, but are prohibited elsewhere on the Preserve. Registered assistance animals are allowed.
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“prairie dogs” (27 reviews)
“visitor center” (29 reviews)
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39201 Highway 4, Jemez Springs, NM 87025-9428
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Enjoyed this site tremendously. The history of the area is fascinating and the area is extremely beautiful. Also, was excited to see a large herd of elk.

Thank Barbara S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pretty dry could see much cause of the fire restrictions. Saw some in the the distance, one coyote headed over the hill, and a bunch of prairie dogs. Took the shuttle tour and saw where some of Longmire was filmed and in the distance the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One is the more awe inspiring places I have been and I never expected to find such a thing in this area. It is fantastic to make the drive down onto the flats - and at the right time, I am sure a great spot...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a real disappointment. After driving all the way out, we found out that we couldn’t take our 7 lbs dog in a camper just to drive out and see the animals that might be near San Antonio Creek. We have been to parks...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Valles Caldera is 20 miles west of Los Alamos on New Mexico highway 4. This is a new NPS site as of 2015 or 2016. This is well worth a visit to see some beautiful landscape. NPS volunteers are on site to help answer questions....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a cool place to hike around, although when I found out the prairie dogs were natural carriers of the plague I didn’t stay in this area for long. The Caldera was beautiful and the entire area around there has so many interesting sites,...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I realize the number of animals you see is not always going to be great. Just letting you know what you MIGHT get into. The road to checking is nice, well maintained (2 miles). But it stops there. Average speed from there is 8-10 mph...More

Thank Hummer1973
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I stopped by here at the end of the day after a visit to Los Alamos and Bandelier NM. Once you get into the valley on the road from Los Alamos, you're treated to a gorgeous view of the valley covered in...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We drove here after visiting Bandelier NM. Once you turn off the highway the drive to the visitor center is about three miles on a dirt road. . The views are just amazing! There is a couple of short hikes. We came before they opened...More

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Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

We came during the winter season, but still had an incredible time. We took a van tour with Gary, and he was so knowledgeable. The grounds are absolutely beautiful. There isn’t a bad view. There are lots of wonderful hiking trails too. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND...More

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jenola52
21 December 2017|
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Response from alice w | Reviewed this property |
I would call the Valles Caldera directly about the sleigh ride and tickets. Plan on an hour from Santa Fe, it’s a beautiful twisty road thru the mountains with great views. Bundle up in layers of clothing, it’s cold in the... More
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karwarsrini
19 June 2017|
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Response from CyndyandByron | Reviewed this property |
Check out the Jemez Heritage Trail which is a good quality two lane roadway that passes through the Caldera. You will be able to make a circle from Albuquerque to Jemez Pueblo then to Jemez Springs then east though Los... More
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Kerry G
24 February 2017|
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Response from jwredlabel | Reviewed this property |
No, not really, but you could always set up a large tent, with permission of course.
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