Valles Caldera To Reopen Staging Area After Fire

Northern New Mexico – JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (KRWG) Officials at Valles Caldera National Preserve have decided to reopen the staging area at the northern New Mexico property.

The area has been off-limits since June 26, when the Las Conchas fire started in the mountains nearby. The fire forced staff and visitors to evacuate, and the area remained closed to the public during firefighting operations.

Officials say the staging area will open Wednesday.

Visitors will be able to see the aftermath of the fire from the staging area. Other areas along New Mexico highway 4 will remain closed due to high fire danger.

Hiking, fishing and other tours at Valles Caldera also will not be offered until forest restrictions and closures are lifted.

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