JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve will be offering extended hours for winter recreation Saturday, March 11.
Normal operational hours, currently 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will be extended until 9:30 pm with the entrance gate closing at 10 p.m.
The Valle Grande Entrance Station and a contact station positioned among historic cabins will be open and available for warming. The Valle Grande Bookstore, managed by Los Amigos de Valles Caldera, will be renting snowshoes and poles and selling gifts and books. Visitors of all ages are welcome to snowshoe, ski, hike, as well as, experiment with night photography and tell stories around a fire.
Visitors should come prepared with a light source in case clouds cover the moon. Visitors should also dress in layers, as nighttime temperatures are below freezing and often below zero. Entry into the Valles Caldera National Preserve requires a $20 vehicle admission fee, and all federal lands passes are also accepted.
As weather cannot be predicted this far in advance, visitors are advised to come prepared for all conditions. Any event cancellations or early closings will be posted through alerts on our website www.nps.gov/vall and on Facebook www.facebook.com/VallesCaldera.