View of the Valle Grande from the main entrance to Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy photo
JEMEZ SPRINGS — Noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 9, the Valles Caldera National Preserve will be hosting the first Fiesta en el Valle near the Valle Grande Entrance Station.
Get ready to experience the majesty of the Valles Caldera and learn a new skill at this free family-friendly event.
If you have ever wondered what to do if you encounter wildlife, wanted to learn how to fly fish, or needed one more reason to finally visit the Valles Caldera, this is the event for you! Visitors will get the inside scoop on Park Ranger favorite hikes, the best ways to recreate on the preserve, and easy ways to keep yourself and your loved ones safe in the outdoors.
“Outdoor safety is key to enjoying our public lands,” Superintendent Jorge Silva-Bañuelos said. “With this event we hope to empower visitors to become more confident in the outdoors, while inspiring them to try out something new at the Valles Caldera.”
About 1.25 million years ago, a spectacular volcanic eruption created the approximately 13-mile wide circular depression now known as Valles Caldera. The preserve is known for its huge mountain meadows, abundant wildlife, and meandering streams. The area also preserves the homeland of ancestral native peoples and embraces a rich ranching history. Visit us at www.nps.gov/vall and on Facebook www.facebook.com/VallesCaldera/.