Cerros Del Abrigo Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"In the heart of the Jemez Mountains, the Valles Caldera National Preserve includes six major grassland valleys. The valleys are located in an immense volcanic collapse crater, the Valles Caldera. The valles were well-known for their scenic beauty, and for ninety years efforts to transform the ranchland into a public park failed. Finally in 2000, a political compromise created the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
The enabling legislation required the former ranch be an experiment in public land management, and that it remain a working ranch as more traditional recreational activities took place. The preserve is managed by a board of trustees who have to date taken a unique approach to access to public land. Access fees are charged for very specifi c activities, and private vehicles are not permitted beyond the recreation staging area. Only a few hiking trails are open and visitors must ride a shuttle to trailheads. Hikers are required to stay on the established trails, and no overnight use is permitted. The result is hikers can enjoy a scenic walk with the knowledge that only a limited number of other visitors are on the preserve."