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 valleys within the Valles Caldera, stretches more than three miles 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 most scenic areas of the Preserve.
There are miles of groomed trails to choose from for both cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Some trails are geared more towards beginners while others are for the more advanced. We use snowmobiles and grooming equipment to lay down a corduroy-patterned trail for snowshoers and skiers. Adventurous cross-country skiers and snowshoers also have the option of trekking off the beaten path to create their own trails within the 5,000+ acre Valle Grande.
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. Reservations are not required but check in at the Valle Grande Information Center and Gift Shop and pay for your day use permit. All fees collected will help support future recreation programs on the Preserve.