The Valles Caldera National Preserve is one of New Mexico’s premier elk hunting locations. Between 2,500 and 3,500 elk occupy the Preserve for breeding, calving and foraging. Our hunts are designed to pay homage to man's oldest relationship with animals by providing the public with a hunting experience that otherwise would be prohibitively expensive.
At the mandatory hunt orientation session, hunters will be assigned a hunting unit within the Preserve. These hunting units are 3-6,000 acres in size and are comprised of forest and grasslands. Only 1-3 hunters will be assinged to a hunting unit at any one time. In addition, other activites are limited within the units; ensuring the quality and solitude of your experience.
After the orientation you will have time to scout your area before the hunt begins and our knowledgeable staff will be on site to provide information and advice. The number of animals and opportunities during our hunts make this an expeience not to be missed.
I wanted to say thanks to all of you involved with this past weekend’s youth elk hunt…. Even though Patrick didn’t get an elk, we really had a wonderful time. We saw hundreds of elk. We saw deer and many turkey. We even saw three bald eagles. Best of all, I spent some quality time with my son on a magnificent piece of God’s creation.