Valle Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Los Alamos County and Sandoval County, New Mexico. It is within Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve. It is 5.6 miles long and begins at 7,714 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,677 feet.
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"The Valle Grande is the largest of the montane valleys lying within the Valles Caldera. It is a grass-filled bowl formed by a series of lakes that puddled inside the collapsed volcano. The grand grasslands are a result of a combination of soil conditions, wildfire, vegetative competition, and high altitude. From the highway that passes along its edge, the valle seems huge. But only by sitting within the bowl can the true size of the valle be comprehended. Looking up at the surrounding walls of the caldera adds the proper perspective and provides a unique view of this scenic location. Early mornings in September, the air is often filled with the calls of bugling elk. This short hike leads to a spot a few hundred feet within the Valle Grande. It is one of two of the Valles Caldera National Preserve’s free, spontaneous hikes. No reservations or access fees are required. However, the preserve’s regulations state that hikers must stay on the trail at all times."
--Craig Martin, 100 Hikes in New Mexico (The Mountaineers Books).
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