Youth enjoying a snowshoe hike on a beautiful winter day. Courtesy photo
Would you like to explore the Jemez Mountains by snowshoe? Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP) to offer educational, family-friendly hikes this winter.
The next hike is 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, and will be led by a VCNP ranger and a PEEC representative. Along the way, participants will have the chance to learn tricks and tips to navigating by snowshoe, understand how plants and animals adapt to cope with winter, and explore the complex geology of the Jemez Mountains.
PEEC and VALL are offering two guided hikes each month on the following Saturdays: Jan. 7, Jan. 21, Feb. 18, Feb. 25, March 18 and March 25. 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 VCNP 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.