Valles Caldera National Preserve Resumes Summer Hours And Backcountry Vehicle Access Sunday

Cabin at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy/VCNP


VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS —The Valles Caldera National Preserve will switch to its summer hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Sunday, July 7 and resume vehicle access into the backcountry area beyond the Valle Grande.

Backcountry vehicle access does require a permit, which is available at the entrance station on a first come, first serve basis. While access is capped at 35 vehicles per day, anyone can venture into the backcountry on foot or bike without a permit.

“We are excited to resume this popular activity and extended hours to our visitors,” Superintendent Jorge Silva-Bañuelos said. “We appreciate the public’s patience while we completed the repairs to the road and culvert.”

Current preserve conditions and updates are posted on the preserve’s website,, on Twitter @VallesCaldera, and on Facebook

For more information or to join the Volunteers-In-Parks program, contact Valles Caldera National Preserve at 575.829.4100 or