JEMEZ SPRINGS — Following the emergency closure prompted by the Cajete Fire, Valles Caldera National Preserve will resume its normal hours of operation and visitor services 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, June 19..
All summer activities will be available to visitors, including the 35 daily backcountry vehicle permits issued on a first come, first served basis. In addition, special use permittees and commercial use operators may resume their projects and business within the preserve.
However, all access to the Banco Bonito area of the preserve will remain closed until further notice. The area is still in use as a base camp by wildland firefighters.
National Park Service officials would like to remind those traveling to the preserve to be courteous and cautious of fire crews who are still working on the Cajete Fire. Fire danger remains high, and visitors enjoying the Jemez Mountains should continue to be especially aware of fire safety.
“We are grateful to the local, state, and federal responders who have worked non-stop to protect life, property and the many other important values threatened by this fire,” VCNP Superintendent Jorge Silva-Bañuelos said. “We appreciate the public’s understanding and patience while the preserve was closed, and we are pleased to welcome visitors back.”
About Valles Caldera National Preserve
About 1.25 million years ago, a spectacular volcanic eruption created the 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/.
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