Enjoy New Mexico’s Super Volcano during the winter. Immerse yourself in the quiet tranquility that can only be found at this premier Nordic skiing destination. There are miles of professionally groomed trails ideal for snowshoeing and both Nordic skate and classic style skiing. Some trails are geared for beginners while others are for the more advanced skier. Adventurous cross-country skiers and snowshoers may also trek off the beaten path to break their own trails within the 5,000+ acre Valle Grande – the largest of several grassy valleys within the Valles Caldera.
Depending on the snow depth, 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. Reservations are not required but check in at the Valle Grande Information Center and Gift Shop to pay for your Day-Use Permit. Snowshoe rentals are available, and two warm lodges complement the amenities. All fees collected will help support recreation programs on the Preserve.