JEMEZ SPRINGS — With Valles Caldera National Preserve and surrounding public land under Stage III fire restrictions, National Park Service (NPS) officials have decided to cancel the June 9 Fiesta en el Valle and reschedule the event for Saturday, Sept. 8.
“Public safety is paramount,” said Superintendent Jorge Silva-Bañuelos. “This event was anticipated to draw in a large crowd. In the event of a wildfire, it would have been difficult to evacuate everyone safely.”
Under the increased fire restrictions, the Valle Grande entrance station and bookstore remain open to the public, and ranger-led tours and hikes are offered in the park’s cabin district. However, all backcountry access has been closed, and all fishing, equestrian, hiking, and biking activities have been suspended.
For more information on available activities and programs, call 575.829.4100, option #3 or visit www.nps.gov/vall.
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