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Photo of the week: The Stock Pond at Valles Caldera

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Valle Grande The Stock pond at Valles Caldera National Preserve, photo/Steve Collins

The Stock Pond at Valles Caldera National Preserve, known to some as Valle Grande,  is where the stock watered when this vast preserve of 89,000 acres was a ranch.

The preserve is an amazing and wild place. For me, it captures the essence and history of New Mexico. This immense volcanic caldera was formed through relatively recent (in geological terms) volcanic activity beginning about 1.5 million years ago. Geologists say that there have been eruptions as recently as 50,000 years ago. Evidence of human habitation dates to at least 11,000 years ago. In 2000 the US Government bought the former cattle ranch from the estate of the Dunigan family, the most recent owners. There is talk of adding the Preserve to the National Park Service. This wild area is open to visitors for hunting, fishing, snowshoeing, hiking or to contemplate the scenic beauty. If you do visit,  remember to leave no trace.


4 Responses to “Photo of the week: The Stock Pond at Valles Caldera”

  1. Traveling Ted
    January 28, 2019 at 7:14 pm #

    Lovely photo. Love the cloud reflection off the water.

    • Steve Collins
      January 30, 2019 at 9:34 pm #

      Thanks, Ted!. If you ever get out this way, you’d love it.

    • Billie Frank
      January 30, 2019 at 9:56 pm #

      I love those reflections. You would love it up at Valles Caldera.

  2. Charles Higgins
    January 30, 2019 at 9:48 pm #

    Great photo…interesting history of livestock gone by..


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