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Planning your trip

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on the Valles Caldera National Preserve will begin in December, weather permitting. Follow groomed trails or strike out on your own within the Valle Grande, a sizeable piece of the Preserve.

Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing Day Pass

Day use permits are available at the Valle Grande Information Center and Gift Shop at the Valle Grande Staging Area located two miles down the main Preserve road off of Hwy 4. Day use permits are valid from 9:00 AM- 4:30 PM. No reservations are required. Cost of permits are $10 per adult, $8 per senior (62 years and older), and FREE for children (16 years and under) accompanied by a paying parent or guardian. Adult and senior Five-Day Passes are available for only $40.00. Pets are now allowed at the Valles Grande Staging Area, on the groom K9 Trail, all non-groomed trails, and off-trail areas within the Valle Grande. Dates and Daily Activities

Snowshoe Rentals

The Preserve now has a limited number of snowshoes and poles available for rent. Rental fees are $15 for adult-sized snowshoes and $10 for youth-sized snowshoes.

Moonlight Event

Enjoy extended hours to experience the magic of the Preserve after the sun goes down. Prior reservations are not necessary or available. Purchase your Skiing and Snowshoeing Permit at the Valle Grande Information Center and Gift Shop as late as 8:00PM and enjoy the full moon, bonfires, and the stars until 9pm. 2013-2014 Moonlight Event Dates: December 14th, January 18th, and February 15th, and March 15th. Visitors should come prepared for high elevation, winter mountain weather and night conditions.

XC-Skiing and Snowshoeing Free Trail

The Coyote Call Trail, located on the south side of the Hwy. 4, is open for skiing and snowshoeing, every day during daylight hours. Please assist us in providing this free area by observing rules and posted signs, signing in/out on the trailhead register, and obtaining permits for any activities conducted on the north side of Hwy. 4. Dogs on leashes are welcome on the Coyote Call Trail. Parking space is limited, so please car pool when at all possible.

Free Days at the Valle Grande

Two free days will be offered this season, Public Appreciation Day on December 15th and Winter Trails Day on January 12th! Bring the whole family out to take advantage of the skiing opportunities on the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Free skiing and snowshoeing will be offered from 9:00AM-4:30PM from the Valle Grande Staging Area. Parking space is limited for these free events, so please car pool.

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