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Valles Caldera National Preserve

#1 of 20 things to do in Jemez Springs Features Animals
39201 Highway 4, Jemez Springs, NM 87025
+1 575-829-4100
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Looking for cliff dwelling trail and Obsidian collecting. Banco bonito? Trail numbers? RV dry wet... read more

Reviewed 26 May 2017
Mike N
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Stunning Area

This is must see preserve. We did not know it at the time, but if you have watched Longmire on... read more

Reviewed 21 May 2017
Orange, California
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This 89,000 acre National Preserve is in the heart of one of three super volcanoes in the United States. 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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39201 Highway 4, Jemez Springs, NM 87025
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Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

Looking for cliff dwelling trail and Obsidian collecting. Banco bonito? Trail numbers? RV dry wet camping?

Thank Mike N
Reviewed 21 May 2017

This is must see preserve. We did not know it at the time, but if you have watched Longmire on Netflix, some of the scenic shots are filmed at the preserve. The main character in the TV series has a cabin in a remote area,...More

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Reviewed 20 May 2017

We were fortunate enough to get a backcountry pass to visit deeper into the preserve. It was a gorgeous area - a number of people were fishing for trout - not sure if they were catching fish, but they sure looked at peace in the...More

Thank Carmine85635
Reviewed 9 May 2017

We took a circle loop from Santa Fe that included Bandalier in the morning and we passed through the Valles Caldera in the early afternoon. Take the extra few minutes to drive to the Visitors Center and ask the rangers to explain the caldera. They...More

Thank MontanaCraig
Reviewed 4 May 2017

If you are interested in rocks, geology and in particular in volcanology, this is the number one place to go if you are nearby. You can find all kinds of volcanic features starting with caldera depression, lava flows and domes, explosive eruption depostis (Bandelier tuff)...More

Thank ACSforever
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Thousands of years ago a violent volcano changed the landscape of New Mexico in many ways. After many eruptions, the mouth of the volcano collapsed inwardly on itself and over time created a lush bowl of greenery. This "bowl" became the the center of wildlife...More

Thank CyndyandByron
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Mountain-driving par excellence. Not many people on the road. Magnificent scenery. Just get in the car and go.

Thank subterranean_jack
Reviewed 12 April 2017

The panoramic view at Redondo Peak was breath taking. Experienced an unexpected snowstorm in March and no elks as of yet but what a sight. The way to the visitor center is unpaved but my small car handled the dirt road well enough. The majority...More

Thank move2wonder
Reviewed 11 April 2017

To witness an event that took place 1.5 billion yrs ago. Looking down into a crater that last erupted 35,000 yrs ago. Be able to drive across the crater which was once an active volcano.

Thank Pauline C
Reviewed 7 April 2017

Even if you just look at the Valles Caldera from the roadside, it's a worthwhile drive. I had a wonderful experience doing a night snowshoe. The Valles Caldera is a natural wonder and truly wild place to observe elk, deer and all kinds animals. We...More

Thank buensleep
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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
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.
12 February 2017|
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Response from NBChknbiski | Reviewed this property |
You can see a good bit very well right from a vehicle from the road (there's a vista overlook area on the side of the road leading through the edge of the caldera) as well as the dirt road leading into the caldera and the... More