Two Opportunities to Provide Input


Proposal to Designate Significant Thermal Features within Valles Caldera National Preserve

The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comment on a proposal to designate “significant thermal features” within Valles Caldera National Preserve in accordance with the Geothermal Steam Act (30 U.S.C. §§ 1001-1028).

The designation as “significant” under the Geothermal Steam Act would provide additional protections to important geothermal features within Valles Caldera, and require other federal agencies to work with the NPS to determine if the features would be adversely affected by geothermal development on adjacent federal lands. Valles Caldera would become the 17th National Park unit with designated significant thermal features. Other National Parks include Yellowstone, Crater Lake, and Hawaii Volcanoes.

The NPS encourages public input on the proposal, which is open for comment through January 26, 2017. Interested individuals may comment or learn more by visiting the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website at
New Mexico Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards

New Mexico Magazine has re-opened Part 2 of their Readers’ Choice Awards, giving you a chance at free publicity for your favorite travel destinations in their June, 2017 issue. There are several categories. We encourage you to vote for the Valles Caldera National Preserve as your favorite Outdoor Destination for hiking, biking, star-gazing and enjoying the outdoors.

Categories include hotels, hiking trails, museums, spas, local shops, annual events—and more. Click here to register your favorite places: