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Special Events Overview

The Valles Caldera National Preserve hosts a wide array of special events, from special guided tours for your group or family to mountain bike events. We offer programs designed to get you out onto the Preserve for a day of exploration and discovery.

Earth Skills Gathering | Family Fun & Games Campfire Program | Fishing Clinics
Jemez Mountains Storytelling Jamboree | Ranch Road Ramble


Earth Skills Gathering

Earth Skills were used to support life and culture for thousands of years, and still do in many parts of the world today. Some cultures consider these skills sacred and are treated with the utmost respect. Other cultures still view them as sustainable solutions for maintaining daily life in our modern world. This is your chance to see how things were done before electricity and machines became part of the norm. This is a free event!

Demonstrations may include:

Dates: May 24-25, 2014
Times: 10 AM – 5 PM
Fees: Free
Location: Valle Grande Staging Area
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Family Fun & Games Campfire Program

Join us around the campfire for a FREE evening of fun! There will be stories, games and activities sure to entertain children of all ages. A campfire will be blazing when wind conditions and fire restrictions allow. There will be stumps for seating, but you are welcome to bring your own chairs or a blanket to sit on.

Dates: May 17, June 28, July 12, and August 23, 2014
Times: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Fees: Free
Location: Valle Grande Staging Area
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Fly Fishing Clinics

Volunteers from New Mexico Trout conduct fly fishing clinics for youths (ages 8-16) and adults, allowing up to 20 participants the opportunity to fish the headwaters of the East Fork of the Jemez River on the Preserve. Participants spend a half day learning about equipment, tackle, knots, stream insect sampling and identification. Participants will have time to practice their casting in the morning and then head for the stream in the afternoon. Bring a lunch to enjoy along the stream and be prepared for weather. This activity is extremely popular, so sign up early.

Youth fly fishing clinic dates and details.
Adult fly fishing clinic dates and details.
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Jemez Mountains Storytelling Jamboree

This free, family event features storytellers from across New Mexico sharing their tall tales and legends from the Land of Enchantment and beyond. Trust staff will add to the local flavor with accounts about the people and natural history of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Activities and children’s stories will be available for the kids. This is a free event!

Dates: July 26, 2014
Times: 11 AM – 7 PM
Fees: Free
Location: Valle Grande Staging Area
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Ranch Road Ramble

Enjoy a scenic drive through the heart of the Valles Caldera National Preserve from the comfort of your own vehicle. Only a limited number of vehicles per date will be allowed.

Your scenic drive will begin at the Valle Grande Staging Area and exit through the Redondo Meadows gate. The drive will take a minimum of 2.5 hours to complete. Each vehicle will be given a driving guide, which includes a map of the driving route with designated stops along your journey. The driving guide will provide educational information specific to each stop that will enrich your experience at Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Ranch Road Ramble dates and details
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