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Driving Directions to Valles Caldera National Preserve

From Albuquerque via Los Alamos:


  • Take I-25 north to Route 599 (Santa Fe Relief Route) - follow signs on 599 north to Los Alamos-Espanola.
  • In Pojoaque, follow signs to Los Alamos and Hwy 502.
  • You can take the "truck route" to Highway 4 below Los Alamos or drive through Los Alamos and follow signs to "Jemez Mtns." (State Hwy. 4)
  • If you pass through Los Alamos proper, take Trinity Drive to Diamond. Take a left on Diamond, then a right on West Jemez Road to the intersection with State Highway 4. Take a right [away from Bandelier National Monument], following the highway up and into the Jemez Mountains.
  • The Preserve is 18 miles up Highway 4 from Los Alamos. Driving time from Albuquerque's Big-I is approximately 2.5 hours.

From Albuquerque via Jemez Springs:


  • Take I-25 North and Exit on to Highway 550 (Farmington Highway - old Hwy 44).
  • In San Ysidro, take Hwy 4 to Jemez Pueblo and Jemez Springs.
  • Follow Highway 4 at fork at La Cueva (stay right).
  • Preserve is about 22 miles from Jemez Springs. Look for the Main Gate at Mile Marker 39.2.
  • Driving time from Big-I is about 2 to 2.5 hours.

From Santa Fe:


  • Head north on Highway 84-285 past the Santa Fe Opera.
  • In Pojoaque, follow signs to Los Alamos and Hwy 502.
  • You can take the "truck route" to Highway 4 below Los Alamos or drive through Los Alamos and follow signs to "Jemez Mtns." (Hwy 4)
  • (If you pass through Los Alamos proper, take Trinity Drive to Diamond. Take a left on Diamond, then a right on Jemez Road to the intersection with State Highway 4. Take a right [away from Bandelier National Monument], following the highway up and into the Jemez Mountains.)
  • The Preserve is 18 miles up Highway 4 from Los Alamos. The Main Gate is at Mile Marker 39.2. Driving time from Santa Fe's I-285 is approximately 1.25 hours.

From Northern NM:


  • Take Highway 84-285 from Espanola.
  • Take Hwy 30 through Santa Clara Pueblo and then take Hwy 502 to Los Alamos. The route is well marked.