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AboutRetreat on cross-country skis or snowshoes to the center of the Valle Grande where you'll find yourself surprised by the wide expanse and distances. This valle, the largest of several large grassy meadows within the Valles Caldera, stretches more than three miles across and offers rolling terrain. Expect to be fully immersed in the quiet tranquility you can only find in snow-covered landscapes. You can also choose to traverse the Valle Grande and enter quiet mountain forests to more remote areas. Ski or snowshoe onward to the History Grove or Jaramillo Meadow for a grand tour of some of the prettiest areas of the Preserve.
Depending on the depth of snow, you might spot some elk wintering on the Preserve, coyotes and perhaps even a few bald eagles feeding along the East Fork of the Jemez River. Follow groomed trails or strike out on your own. Reservations are not required but please check in at the welcoming hut and pay for your day use permit.
2009 Winter activities on the Valles Caldera National Preserve will begin on December 26, 2008, weather permitting and end on March 29th. Visitors will have several options for getting out in the snow. Skiing and snowshoeing activities will be available Saturdays and Sundays. This season we have three night events planned. Moon light skiing will allow the visitor a chance to experience the magic of the Preserve after the sun goes down.
There are two ways to ski free on the Preserve. The Coyote Call Trail and surrounding area on the south side of the State Highway 4 are open for skiing, free of charge, everyday during daylight hours. In addition, two public appreciation days will be offered this season. On these days our regular skiing and snowshoeing activities will be offered free of charge.
Contact InformationValles Caldera National Preserve Website
Trail FeesPrices last updated 11/10/2008.
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Day use permits are available at the Valle Grande staging area located two miles down the main Preserve road. No reservations are required. Cost of permits is $10 per adult, $8 per senior (62 yrs and older), $5 per youth (6-15 yrs), and free for kids 5yrs and younger. Moon light events are Jan. 10, Feb. 7 and Mar. 7 from 6:30-10pm, weather permitting. Reservations are not required. Fees are $15 per adult, $12 per senior, and $10 per youth..
Ski LessonsThere are no lessons or instructions offered at this time.
Ski Racing ProgramsThere are no racing programs scheduled for the 2008-2009 season. We are working on a racing program in the future.
DiningA variety of restaurants can be found in nearby Jemez Springs and Los Alamos.
Lodging, Hotels, and CondosThere are no overnight accommodations on the Preserve this winter. There are a variety of hotels and bed and breakfast inns in the Jemez Springs and Los Alamos areas.
Other Recreation NearbyPajarito Mountain Ski Area is located near Los Alamos and backs up to the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The Santa Fe National Forest and Bandelier National Monument also adjoin the Valles Caldera National Preserve and offer recreational activities.
Directions to Valles Caldera National PreserveLocated at:
18161 Highway 4
Jemez Springs, NM 87025