Bucket List Alert: Visit one of Only Six Super Volcanoes in the World at Valles Caldera National Preserve!

Fall restlessness is right around the corner, with the changing seasons urging each of us to take chances, make changes, and embrace the fullness of life. Rather than sink into seasonal depression as the days get shorter, plan a rejuvenating fall trip to rediscover the beauty and wonder of nature, and to check off a bucket list item with a visit to one of only six super volcanoes in the world at Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Created by a volcanic eruption 1.25 million years ago, the Valles Caldera spans 89,000 acres and is a hotspot for history buffs, outdoor adventurers, and nature lovers.

Perfect for backcountry explorers, campers, fishing enthusiasts, and mountain bikers, a visit to Valles Caldera offers chances to enjoy being in the great outdoors, view wildlife—including the state’s second largest elk population—and find inspiration. Visiting in early fall ensures you’re in for a delightful experience, with the Valles Caldera painted in vibrant hues of aspens turning gold.

In addition to day-time activities, Valles Caldera is one of the nation’s newest designated International Dark Sky Parks and offers stunning views of the night sky.

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