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HIKING OVERVIEW

Enjoy the abundant wildlife, beautiful vistas, vast green valleys, and forested domes of New Mexico’s only Super Volcano!


Free Hiking


Offered daily between mid-May to mid-October:

La Jara Hike, 1.5 miles, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Hikers must check in and out at the Visitors Information Center and Gift Shop at the Valle Grande Staging Area. A trail guide pamphlet is available, and dogs on leashes are permitted.

Valle Pond Hike, 1 mile, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Hikers must check in and out at the Visitors Information Center and Gift Shop at the Valle Grande Staging Area. A trail guide pamphlet is available, and dogs are NOT permitted.


Offered daily year-round:

Coyote Call Hike, 3 miles, sunrise to sunset. The trailhead is off Highway 4, near mile marker 41. Dogs on leashes are permitted.

Valle Grande Hike, 2 miles, sunrise to sunset. The trailhead is off Highway 4, near mile marker 43. Dogs on leashes are permitted.


Backcountry Hiking:


From mid-May thru September, hike directly from the Valle Grande Staging Area daily, 8:00AM – 6:00PM and from the Banco Bonito Staging Area on weekends 9:00AM – 6:00PM. For assisted access to remote areas, hop on a Backcountry Shuttle from the Valle Grande Staging Area Friday-Monday and from the Banco Bonito Staging Area on weekends.

Hikers may choose their own routes from miles of open backcountry roads and trails. Refer to the Open Trails and Backcountry Byways Map to plan routes according to terrain, ability, and allotted time. Follow the “Leave No Trace Principles” by staying on these established durable surfaces.

Backcountry trails are maintained to provide identifiable routes that concentrate and support traffic. Trails and roads impact the land; however, they are necessary to support hiking across the landscape. Concentrating travel on established and maintained paths reduce soil erosion and the likelihood that multiple routes will develop causing future environmental impact.

Direct Access - $10 per adult, $8 per senior, and FREE for children (16 years and under) accompanied by a paying parent or guardian.

Backcountry Shuttle Service - $10 per adult, $8 per senior (62 years and older), $8 per child (5 to 16), and FREE for infants and toddlers (4 and under).


Guided Hiking:


Guided hikes are led by staff or volunteers that have an in-depth knowledge of the Preserve. In addition, each guided hike focuses on a different topic or theme. Some guided hikes are only offered once while others are offered more frequently. Please check the available dates for exact dates each guided hike is offered. Fees vary based on the length of the guided hike.


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