Valles Caldera National Preserve

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

Terrain: Flat

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