Valles Caldera Jemez Mountains Elk Festival Sept. 24

The 8th Annual Jemez Mountains Elk Festival is 2-7 p.m., Sept. 24. Courtesy/nps
VCNP News:
The Valles Caldera National Preserve is home to one of the largest elk herds in New Mexico. Each fall, the sound of elk bugling in the mountains marks the start of their mating season, known as the ‘rut’.
To celebrate the upcoming elk rut and to learn about this fascinating creature, the National Park Service will host the 8th Annual Jemez Mountains Elk Festival 2-7 p.m., Sept. 24. 
This FREE festival features a food truck, bugling contest, solar telescope display, and loads of fun interactive activities for the entire family. Wildlife experts also will be on hand to answer visitor questions about elk and other Jemez Mountains wildlife. Visit the Los Amigos de Valles Caldera tent to say hello and learn about their projects.

Event Details:
  • Valle Grande Entrance Station, 39201 N.M. 4, Jemez Springs
  • Free Entrance All Day (National Public Lands Day)
  • Bring Binoculars, Blanket, Warm Clothing, Food, Water and Sunscreen