Valles Caldera National Preserve

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Jemez Springs, NM  US
Contact Info / Directions
(505) 661-3333 / (866) 382-5537
KM of TRAILS 37/km
Trail Fee? Yes
Ski Rental? No
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About

Retreat 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.

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Trail Fees

Prices last updated 11/10/2008.
Weekend Weekday
Half Day Full Day Half Day Full Day
Adult 10.00 10.00 - -
Senior 8.00 8.00 - -
Junior 5.00 5.00 - -

Tickets - More Info
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..

Mountain Stats

Mountain Terrain Season/Hours
Trails Groomed Yes
Groomed for Skating No
Has Rental Skis No
Trail Fee? Yes
Summit 9,710 Ft / 2,960 M
Base 8,490 Ft / 2,588 M
Vertical 840 Ft / 256 M
km of Trails 37/km
Acres 13,154 Ac / 5,323 Hc
Annual Snow 100" / 254cm
12%
64%
24%
Season:
From 12/26/2008 to 3/29/2009
Sunday: 9-4:30
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 9-4:30
Mountain
Trails Groomed Yes
Groomed for Skating No
Has Rental Skis No
Trail Fee? Yes
Summit 9,710 Ft / 2,960 M
Base 8,490 Ft / 2,588 M
Vertical 840 Ft / 256 M
km of Trails 37/km
Acres 13,154 Ac / 5,323 Hc
Annual Snow 100" / 254cm
Terrain
12%
64%
24%
Season/Hours
Season:
From 12/26/2008 to 3/29/2009
Sunday: 9-4:30
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 9-4:30

Ski Lessons

There are no lessons or instructions offered at this time.

Ski Racing Programs

There are no racing programs scheduled for the 2008-2009 season. We are working on a racing program in the future.

Dining

A variety of restaurants can be found in nearby Jemez Springs and Los Alamos.

Lodging, Hotels, and Condos

There 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 Nearby

Pajarito 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 Preserve

Located at:
18161 Highway 4
Jemez Springs, NM 87025

Map of Valles Caldera National Preserve