The Valles Caldera National Preserve is hosting the Second Annual Jemez Mountains Elk Festival, October 1-9, 2011. The 89,000 acre Preserve sits inside the super volcano that formed the Jemez Mountains and is home to the second largest elk herd in New Mexico.
The Jemez Mountains Elk Festival is an opportunity to experience and learn about elk on the Valles Caldera National Preserve and to participate in activities throughout the Jemez Mountains.
During the festival there will be daily activities in the Valle Grande. The educational, demonstration and spotting scope booths will be located along a half mile trail. Four free hikes will also be accessible from the Valle Grande area.
The fun doesn't stop at the Preserve borders because the surrounding communities will also have many activities and sights to see. The festival will be celebrated from Jemez Pueblo through the Valles Caldera National Preserve all the way to Santa Clara Pueblo.
Bandelier National Monument
Santa Fe National Forest
Fenton Lake State Park
Jemez State Monument
Santa Clara Pueblo
City of Los Alamos
Village of Jemez Springs
Village of La Cueva
See www.facebook.com/elkfestival for more details.