23 Jul Valles Caldera National Preserve
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.
This guided tour taking place Monday before the Conference begins, will visit the overlook at Valle Grande, the historic cabin district, and an old growth forest. You will see golden aspens, and take a walking tour learning about historic land usage, the role of fire ecology, and impacts of climate change. There will be a fourteen passenger van, and accommodate several additional carpools.
Travel Time from Santa Fe Convention Center to Valles Caldera National Preserve: 1 ½ hours
Meeting Times: Monday Oct. 25 at 1 PM
Where to Meet: Valles Caldera National Preserve, 39201 NM-4. Jemez Springs
Tour Leader: National Park Service staff
Actual Tour Time: 2 hours
What to Bring: Water, sun-screen, good walking or hiking shoes, warm layered clothes, hat, etc
Group Limit: 26
Age Limit: No
Difficulty Level: Easy
Special Directions, Safety Restrictions, etc.: Valles caldera is at 8600 ft elevation, so attendees should be mindful of drinking water and their possible reaction to elevation.
- ABA tour friendly