Two Guided Snowshoe Hikes In Valles Caldera

In January, snowshoers visited a historic building and observed the elegant frozen landscape in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by Jonathan Creel

PEEC News:

The Valles Caldera is coated in snow and open for people to explore its frozen beauty. Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VALL) to offer educational, family-friendly, hikes. The next hike is 1-3:30 p.m., Feb. 18 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.

PEEC and VALL are offering two guided, family-friendly hikes each month on the following Saturdays: 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 VALL entrance fee and any snowshoe rental costs. These hikes will happen with or without snow, so be prepared for the weather.

To register, visit VALL event website (www.nps.gov/vall/planyourvisit/) or email VALL staff at vall_info@nps.gov and include the following information:

  • The date of the snowshoe hike,
  • Your name,
  • Contact phone number, and
  • Number in your party.

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.

For more information please visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 505.662.0460.

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