The Valles Caldera Trust was created by the Valles Caldera Preservation Act of 2000 to preserve and protect the historic Baca Ranch of New Mexico

Great place to hike and really beautiful too... But to avoid a lot of people you need to get there early. Dogs allowed, but need to be on a leash. Seems like we were the only ones that enforced that rule, which was really frustrating.

it's beautiful, hard to find springs though. apparently we turned back right before them. would be nice if near end was better marked.

Beautiful hike along the river. The rock formations are beautiful! The trail is well maintained. Nice parking lot at the trailhead. Dogs welcome. Enjoy!

2 months ago

Pleasant and flat, good during cool times of the year, all uncovered. Chance for wildlife.

Newly developed site. Trail was just a walk around a small hill. I suspect the site will see improvements over time

Really fun trail. We did a mile in and back as a storm caught us off guard but it was perfect anyway and the dog loved it.

fly fishing
2 years ago

I have hiked this trail Highway 4 near Battleship Rock, Jemez Falls and Highway 4 up towards the Old Baca Land Grant, Beautiful hike fishing was ok.

My daughter and I did the east fork river at the Hiway 4 location. We hiked in about a mile and half so it was about 3 mile round trip. This was on about 6-7 ft snow on and over the river and is one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever done. We had a light snow at times and it was just a beautiful day with the cliffs in the backgrounds and no other snowshoers on the trail .

Impressive. Two herd of elk in the distance. A brief heavy rain brought the temp down a little.

Fun trip. You can actually pick this trail up in a few spots. I'd suggest popping in to the Walatowa visitor center on HWY 4 if you are unfamiliar with the trail and picking up the free trail map. This trail is at a higher elevation, so it is nice when the weather is hot in lower elevations.

4 years ago

Did Bandalier earlier in the day and got there too late in the day to do a longer trail....ended up doing the
Jara trail, closest to the staging area. The trail essentially just goes around Cerro la Jara.

Short but definitely worthwhile as you definitely take in the Caldera's lowland terrain.