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Christmas Trees at the Valles Caldera
Help to Restore the Forest

Los Amigos de Valles Caldera will once again be helping the Valles Caldera National Preserve to thin overgrown forested areas to protect it from further large wildfires.Christmas-Tree-Sales

These freshly cut trees will be available at the Valle Grande Staging Area, off Hwy 4 between mile marker 39 and 40, for four weekends, starting on the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 27. We will be there on Saturdays and Sundays thereafter, November 28-29, and December 5-6, December 12-13, and December 19-20. Los Amigos will be there from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The trees will generally be White Fir of varying sizes from about 4 feet to 12 feet. Suggested donations will be between $25 and $35. Please bring cash or check only.

The Las Conchas and Thompson Ridge fires taught us that “unhealthy” forests, with high fuel loads and uninterrupted contiguous fuel distributions across the landscape, are prime real estate for history-making uncharacteristic wildfire on a previously unimaginable scale. Enormous efforts will be needed to restore the remaining forests on the Preserve before the next ignition unleashes another uncontrollable fire. We know that the forests are likely to burn again, but we’re working to ensure that fire can once again play a beneficial role in the ecosystem.

We hope you will be able to come out and choose a tree for you and your family. Consider coming early as we may run out of trees, and please check road conditions before traveling. We want you to be safe! You can call 575-829-3885 or email to get an up- date.

Los Amigos de Valles Caldera is the official Friends Group of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Los Amigos has been working for almost 10 years to preserve and restore the natural wonder of one of North America’s largest calderas (extinct or dormant volcanic basins) with its unspoiled vistas, lush forests, meadow streams, and the sights and sounds of abundant wildlife. To date we have raisedover $1.2 million in restoration funds and completed six riparian and wetland restoration projects on the Preserve.


Bond Prints and Cards Reduced Price

Peace_in_the_ValleBond prints are now $50. We also have cards with the same print on them on sale for $7.50 for 5 cards. Shipping is free on all orders.