VALLES CALDERA NEWS RELEASE
With improved fuel moisture levels and reduced fire danger, Valles Caldera National Preserve will lift Stage II and III fire restrictions at 9:00 am on Friday, June 24, 2022. As a result, most of the park will be open for exploring, including the full extent of its backcountry vehicle route.
The lands affected by the Cerro Pelado Fire will remain closed due to public health and safety risks posed by hazard trees and high potential for post-fire flooding. This includes Rabbit Mountain, Scooter Peak, and the Coyote Call and Rabbit Ridge trails.
Valles Caldera National Preserve is open daily. The main vehicle entrance and visitor facilities are open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, while the park can be visited from dawn to dusk through pedestrian pass-through gates. Locations of the gates can be found at nps.gov/vall/planyourvisit/hours.htm.
Ranger programs are offered most days of the week at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm in the historic Baca Ranch Cabin District. For more information, visit nps.gov/vall/planyourvisit/ranger-led-activities.htm.
For up-to-date information about the park, please visit nps.gov/vall/planyourvisit/conditions.htm.
Valles Caldera National Preserve | About 1.25 million years ago, a spectacular volcanic eruption created the 13-mile wide circular depression now known as Valles Caldera. The preserve is known for its huge mountain meadows, abundant wildlife, and meandering streams. The area also preserves the homeland of ancestral native peoples and embraces a rich ranching history. Visit us at nps.gov/vall.
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