Valles Caldera expands public access, sets fees

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JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (KRQE) – The Valles Caldera is opening its gates on May 15th and unlike in the past, it won’t be so hard to get in.

The national preserve has expanded public access and now has a set fee after criticism of the preserve, which is home to one of the state’s largest elk herds as well as pristine fishing, was not accessible enough to the public.

There is now a set entrance fee of $20 per vehicle or $10 per person when entering on foot or bicycle. The entrance fee is valid for seven days and covers self-guided activities like hiking, fishing, biking and horseback riding.

For the first time the trust will also begin honoring federal land access passes, including senior and military passes. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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