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What’s Happening on the Preserve?

Valles Caldera National Preserve has something for everyone this summer: hiking, wildlife viewing, picnicking, fishing, bicycling, activities with rangers, horseback riding, and guided tours. You can also just find a quiet spot to contemplate and enjoy the beauty of the preserve!

Summer hours are daily from 8 AM to 6 PM, May 15 to October 31.

Summer 2017 Special Events

Los Amigos de Valles Caldera is sponsoring and/or participating in the following events on the preserve this summer. Mark your calendars and plan to attend! More information will follow as we approach the date of each event.

May 15-19:  Los Amigos Trail Maintenance

July 14-16: Los Amigos Restoration Work Weekend – Rito de los Indios*

July 22:  Preserve Birthday Bash – 17th Birthday

July 22:  Bookstore Grand Opening and Los Amigos 10-Year Anniversary Celebration

July 30:  Los Amigos Geology Tour with Kirt Kempter

Aug 11-13:  Los Amigos Restoration Work Weekend – Sulphur Creek*

Sept 16,23 & 30: Elk Viewing Tours  Click for more information

Sept 30: Elk Festival

Oct 7, 11, 14, 21: Elk Viewing Tours  Click for more information

(*Hand work is performed on our work weekends and hours worked count as match for our restoration grants. Camping is allowed for project volunteers.)

Backcountry Access

A total of 35 backcountry vehicle permits are available each day from May 15 to October 31 as conditions allow on a first come first served basis for travel on designated roads. See Map

Backcountry vehicle access may be unavailable if the roads are unsafe for travel. The permit allows the permit holder and all passengers that can legally fit in the vehicle access to the backcountry.  More Information