Each snowshoe hike explores a different part of the Valles Caldera and allows participants to explore, observe, and learn about the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy photo
Winter is winding down, but there is still time to explore the Valles Caldera in the snow.
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VALL) are partnering to offer two educational, family-friendly, hikes this month.
These Saturday hikes will take place from 1-3:30 p.m. on March 18 and 25 and be led by a VALL ranger and a PEEC representative. Along the way, participants will have the chance to learn tricks and tips for navigating by snowshoe, understanding how plants and animals adapt to cope with winter, and exploring the fascinating geology of the Jemez Mountains.
Each guided, family-friendly hike will visit a different location. The hikes are limited to 25 participants over the age of 8 and will meet at the Valle Grande Entrance Station. They are free to attend, excluding the VALL entrance fee and any snowshoe rental costs. These hikes will happen with or without snow, so please be prepared for the weather.
Advance registration is required. Participants can contact the Los Amigos de Valles Caldera’s Valle Grande Bookstore to reserve snowshoes, they only have a few pairs available. Snowshoes can also be rented from the Los Alamos County by going to the recreation office at the Aquatic Center. Please bring snowshoes, warm clothes, water, and a snack.