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New Mexico’s Valles Caldera Converted from a National Preserve to a National Park [VIDEO]

On October 1, the beautiful 89,000 acre Valles Caldera transitioned to a national park, resulting in lower fees and an opening of the land for hunters and fishermen.

Pristine wilderness abound, the new national park sits in the Jemez Mountains in northern New Mexico.

Converted to a national preserve in 2000 through the Valles Caldera Preservation Act, the park will see further public accessibility in its national park status. Check out the video below for a full overview of the changes coming.

We think these new changes sound fantastic, especially the opening of two new trout fishing streams on the land. The increase in the amount of backcountry vehicles allowed, 24 per day, also make the concept of hunting the land much more feasible.

If you’re in the area on Saturday, October 10, head over to the park. The Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, will hold a ceremony at Valles Caldera to dedicate it as one of the country’s newest national parks.

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New Mexico’s Valles Caldera Converted from a National Preserve to a National Park [VIDEO]