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

Fun day hike.... it's like a huge "dog park"... our dog had fun :)

This was a fun trail to hike and it is very easy to navigate since the trail is well traveled by other hikers. I hiked it all the way to the trail juncture which is listed as 2 miles in, but according to the app it is 1.6 miles one way. Just an FYI for anyone wanting to hike this short trail. The trail had a combination of mud and snow on it which made it made it a little more interesting.

Beautiful hike! We lucked out and had snow on the majority of the hike, but just enough that it was fun!

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5 months ago

Very easy, yet very enjoyable hike. The trail itself consists of mainly just matted grass and is very well marked. The only thing to really watch out for is gopher holes as they can be quite large and deep. Other than that, it was a nice hike and you really can't ask for better views. Ranger Station was well staffed and there were several souvenirs available for purchase. Keep in mind that dogs are allowed on this trail, however they are not in any other trail located near the Ranger Station. Dogs are allowed on two others trails that reside just past the main park entrance on Highway 4.

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5 months ago

This is a great hike that takes you up into the high country with a beautiful meadow and very gradual elevation gain. The first 15 minutes are a bit rocky, but it gets much better after that.

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8 months ago

Easy and pleasant hike. We enjoyed seeing the Valles Grande from this viewpoint.

Pretty trail, great for easy an easy hike with the kids.

Beautiful! My favorite trail in the Jemez!

Total length around the dome is about a mile. Very easy walking on matted grasses.

Gorgeous hike. Quite easy... lovely wildflowers, great climbing faces, lovely stream, and serene meadows.

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10 months ago

A very easy stroll but remarkably beautiful, along the East Fork of the Jemez River, surrounded by walls of rock.

There is not a $20 fee as the contact states above; as of 6/4/17. Great hike, wonderful river.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Beautiful hike through forest and boulders down to the stream and then up to the falls. Went on a Thursday afternoon and didn't see another soul, but did see a couple of deer! With a few exceptions, the elevation change is gradual making the hike back invigorating but not difficult.

Easy fun trail, out of the way, a rock climbing and bouldering paradise. High personnel traffic

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Wednesday, September 07, 2016

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.

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Monday, September 05, 2016

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!

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

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

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Friday, April 01, 2016

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.

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 .

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

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.

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Sunday, May 06, 2012

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.

good app

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