Mountain bikers stop along a trail to enjoy the view of the Valle Grande, the largest valle within Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy/VCNP
Valles Caldera Hosts Fiesta En El Valle Saturday
JEMEZ SPRINGS — The Valles Caldera National Preserve is hosting its first Fiesta en el Valle near the Valle Grande Entrance Station, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.
Get ready to experience the majesty of the Valles Caldera and learn a new skill at this free family-friendly event.
If you have ever wondered what to do if you encounter wildlife, wanted to learn how to fly fish, or needed one more reason to finally visit the Valles Caldera, this is the event for you! Visitors will get the inside scoop on Park Ranger favorite hikes, the best ways to recreate on the preserve, and easy ways to keep yourself and your loved ones safe in the outdoors.
“Outdoor safety is key to enjoying our public lands,” VCNP Superintendent Jorge Silva-Bañuelos said. “With this event we hope to empower visitors to become more confident in the outdoors, while inspiring them to try out something new at the Valles Caldera.”
NPS staff and volunteers will lead guided hikes to see aspen carvings, learn about movie history in the Cabin District, and explore Valle Grande pond. Other activities focus on geology, plant safety, navigation tips, fly tying, fly fishing, Leave No Trace, Bark Ranger and Volunteer-In-Parks.
In addition to National Park Service staff, activity booths will have individuals from Los Amigos de Valles Caldera, U.S. Forest Service, Sandia Mountain Natural History Center, New Mexico Bee Keepers Association, Prairie Dog Pals, Jemez Springs Public Library, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, New Mexico Wildlife Federation and Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club.
Los Amigos de Valles Caldera, the preserve’s friends group, is sponsoring Divino, a northern New Mexico acoustic group as well as a face painter.
For more information on available activities and programs, call 575.829.4100, option #3 or visit www.nps.gov/vall.