Retreat on cross-country skis or snowshoes to the center of the Valle Grande where
you'll find yourself surprised by the wide expanse and distances. This valle, the
largest of several large grassy meadows within the Valles Caldera, stretches more
than three miles across and offers rolling terrain. Expect to be fully immersed
in the quiet tranquility you can only find in snow-covered landscapes.
You can also choose to traverse the Valle Grande and enter quiet mountain forests to more remote areas. Ski or snowshoe onward to the History Grove or Jaramillo Meadow for a grand tour of some of the prettiest areas of the Preserve. There are over 37 miles of trails to choose from ranging from easy to difficult. Almost 80% of our trails are groomed for both cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. We use snowmobiles and grooming equipment to lay down a corduroy-patterned trail for snowshoers and a two-track trail for skiers.
Adventurous cross-country skiers and snowshoers also have the option of trekking off the beaten path to create their own trails. Depending on the depth of snow, you might spot some elk wintering on the Preserve, coyotes and perhaps even a few bald eagles feeding along the East Fork of the Jemez River. Follow groomed trails or strike out on your own around this sizable piece of the Preserve. Be sure to inquire about any designated boundaries and how they are marked when you check in.
Reservations are not required but please check in at the welcoming hut and pay for your day use permit. All fees collected will help further programs on the Preserve. Plan Your Trip
Call our automated hot line for updates on weather conditions and current activities: 1-505-216-2690. Other resources: Snow Report, Temperatures, and Winds