Los Amigos Events for the remainder of 2017

Elk Viewing Tours

Los Amigos de Valles Caldera is pleased to offer a series of van tours to observe elk during their mating season at Valles Caldera National Preserve.

The preserve is a core breeding area for elk. The breeding season or “rut” begins in September and ends in October and consists of males bugling, wallowing and thrashing, digging and rubbing antlers. The best time to catch a glimpse of these behaviors is at dusk.

The guided tours will take participants on the backcountry driving route through the Valle Grande, past the Valle Jaramillo, to the Valle San Antonio. Guides will share information about the Jemez mountain elk herd such as behavioral changes during the breeding season and what affects elk movements.

Tours will begin at 5:30pm at the Valle Grande Entrance Station and will last approximately 2 hours. A light snack and water will be provided. Please arrive no later than 5:00pm on the day of your tour to allow ample time to park, check in, and ensure the tour can begin promptly.

We hope you will join us for this unique opportunity. Space is limited, reserve your seat now!

To reserve seats follow this link



What to bring to the event?

    • Dress warmly, temperatures can drop into the 40s after dusk
    • Rain jacket
    • Binoculars
    • Camera
    • Flashlight or headlamp

What’s the cancellation/refund policy?

If you need to cancel your reservation for any reason, you can do so for full refund up to 7 days prior to the scheduled tour. Cancellations after that will forfeit the cost of the tour.

What if the tour is cancelled?

In the unlikely event that Los Amigos has to cancel a tour for unforseen circumstances like mechanical problems, inclement weather, or an unplanned closure at the preserve, every effort will be made to notify registrants as soon as possible and a full refund will be issued.

Are we guaranteed to see elk?

Though we cannot guarantee that every tour will encounter elk, the lengthy route through various areas of the preserve at dusk will give participants the best possible chance of seeing the animals. There is always the possibility of not seeing the elk if the elk choose to be somewhere else, but participants will still get to experience the preserve in the evening, after hours, with a knowledgeable guide.

PHOTO CREDIT: Dan Williams