Posts tagged ‘valles caldera’

Day Hike: Las Conchas Trail ~ Santa Fe National Forest ~ New Mexico, USA

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

After hiking the Coyote Call Trail, we headed south on Hwy. 4 to hike the Las Conchas Trail before returning to ABQ. Due to road construction, only one lane was open near the trail head, so we had to wait for the “Follow Me” truck to come back. Once we arrived at the trail head, we simply dropped out of the “Follow Me” line of cars, drove across the road construction, and parked.

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Day Hike: Coyote Call Trail ~ Valles Caldera National Preserve ~ New Mexico, USA

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Drove up to the Valles Caldera for the first of two short hikes today. Highway 4 is a scenic, and usually pleasant, drive, unless you get behind a slow-moving construction vehicle, like we did.  We were forced to crawl along behind that vehicle all the way up, and into, Jemez Springs where we encountered road construction, which is where the construction vehicle was headed. Should have known! After getting past all that, we made pretty good time until we encountered even more road construction in the area around the Las Conchas Trail Head. Seemed like it took forever to get up to the Valles Caldera and the Coyote Call Trail Head

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Day Hike: Cerro Grande / Valles Caldera ~ New Mexico, USA

Hiked up to Cerro Grande overlooking the Valles Caldera on March 31, 2012. Elevation at the trail head was 9,000 feet (2,743m) and at the peak it was 10,200 feet (3,108m). Devastation from last year’s fire was visible everywhere and almost made you cry, but the hike and views of the caldera were awesome. It was a 2 mile (3.2km) hike to the top and took almost two hours, but only an hour to get back down. There is a herd of 6,000 elk that live in and around the caldera, but did we get to see even one of them? Of course not!! 😉

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