Valles Caldera to Lift Fire Restrictions

Release Date: June 23, 2022 

Contact: Dave Krueger, Chief of Interpretation (

Valles Caldera to Lift Fire Restrictions 

Jemez Springs, NM – With improved fuel moisture levels and reduced fire danger, Valles Caldera National Preserve will lift Stage II and III fire restrictions at 9:00 am on Friday, June 24, 2022. As a result, most of the park will be open for exploring, including the full extent of its backcountry vehicle route. 

The lands affected by the Cerro Pelado Fire will remain closed due to public health and safety risks posed by hazard trees and high potential for post-fire flooding. This includes Rabbit Mountain, Scooter Peak, and the Coyote Call and Rabbit Ridge trails. 

Valles Caldera National Preserve is open daily. The main vehicle entrance and visitor facilities are open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, while the park can be visited from dawn to dusk through pedestrian pass-through gates. Locations of the gates can be found at

Ranger programs are offered most days of the week at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm in the historic Baca Ranch Cabin District. For more information, visit

For up-to-date information about the park, please visit


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