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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 | Elk Festival | Family Fun & Games Campfire Program
Fishing Clinics | NMSU Extension Summer Series | Ranch Road Ramble | Storytelling Jamboree

 

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: June 6, 2015
Times: 12:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Fees: Free
Location: Valle Grande Staging Area
Vendor Information: Booth Information and Booth Application
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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 Elk Festival

The 6th Annual Jemez Mountains Elk Festival will September 25th-28th at the Valle Grande Staging Area. Free, daily activities will include elk viewing, hiking and elk education booths where you can learn how elk antlers grow. You can also learn about the history of the Valles Caldera by taking one of five scheduled Magma to Magpie van tours beginning at 10:00 AM. Elk Festival events run from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, and admission is free.

In addition to information about elk, there will be activities for kids and local vendors. The Preserve’s gift shop will offer discounts on selected merchandise. Free self-guided hikes and discounted Magma to Magpie van tours will be included in the four day event. The daily activities for the elk festival can be found on the Preserve’s web calendar and will be updated daily as the festival date approaches.

September 25th and 26th will include special activities for schools grades K-6. To reserve a spot for your class, please contact our lead educator at education@vallescaldera.gov or 505-629-1418.

Dates: September 25-28, 2014
Times: 9 AM – 5 PM
Fees: Free
Location: Valle Grande Staging Area
Vendor Information: Booth Information and Booth Application
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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

Schedule: 2014 Performance Schedule
Storyteller Bios: 2014 Storeteller Bios
Vendor Information: Booth Information and Booth Application
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NMSU Extension Summer Series

New Mexico State University and the Valles Caldera Trust have teamed up to host a summer education series focused on livestock, wildlife and wildfire. Experts from NMSU Cooperative Extension will be on hand to provide six workshops throughout the summer. Do you have questions about livestock health, reproduction, or economics? Or maybe questions about the livestock grazing program at the Preserve?

Extension specialists Nick Ashcroft, Jerry Hawkes, Marcy Ward and John Wenzel will be able to answer your questions and provide greater insights on these issues. Also, don’t miss an opportunity to see trophy elk through the looking glass before the rut with Sam Smallidge. Finally, join Doug Cram and take a tour of the Preserve with an eye on how forests, fire, and management interact on the landscape. Come learn more about these facets of the Preserve at the summer education series.

The summer series workshops and tours are free and open to the public.
Summer Series dates and details
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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.

Map and Rules
Ranch Road Ramble dates and details
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