Special Night of Extended Hours
Saturday, January 14th
Valles Caldera National Preserve

Valles Caldera National Preserve will be offering extended hours for winter recreation on Saturday, January 14th. Normal operational hours, currently 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, will be extended until 9:30 pm with the entrance gate closing at 10:00 pm.


The Valle Grande Entrance Station and a contact station positioned among historic cabins will be open and available for warming. The Valle Grande Bookstore, managed by Los Amigos de Valles Caldera, will be renting snowshoes and poles and selling gifts and books. Visitors of all ages are welcome to snowshoe, ski, hike, as well as, experiment with night photography and tell stories around a fire.


Visitors should come prepared with a light source in case clouds cover the moon. Visitors should also dress in layers, as nighttime temperatures are below freezing and often below zero. Entry into the Valles Caldera National Preserve requires a $20 vehicle admission fee, and all federal lands passes are also accepted.

There is a chance for rain or snow during the event this weekend. Visitors are advised to come prepared.  Any event cancellations or early closings will be posted through alerts on the preserve website www.nps.gov and on Facebook www.facebook.com/VallesCaldera.


This is the first full moon event this winter. Future moonlight events are scheduled for February 11th and March 11th.