|Christmas Tree Sales|
|Date||Sunday December 15, 2013|
Christmas Trees: Continuing thru December 24, visitors to the Valles Caldera National Preserve can either cut their own Christmas tree or purchase a precut tree while supplies last. Tree cutting permits and precut trees will be sold at the Valle Grande Information Center and Gift Shop from 9 am – 5 pm Friday through Sunday.
Visitors can cut their own trees for a permit fee of $10.00. A map and directions to the cutting area will be provided with your permit. Once you obtain a permit, be prepared to drive an additional 12 miles to the cutting area. High clearance vehicles are recommended, and chains and/or four-wheel drive may also be necessary if snow conditions exist.
Visitors can also choose to purchase a precut Christmas tree at the visitor’s center for $20 to $30. Proceeds from precut trees go to Los Amigos – The friends of Valles Caldera Trust. The height and species of trees cut will vary. Basically, the trees are similar in species and growth to what a person can find on the Santa Fe National Forest. These are natural growing trees (i.e. we don’t trim color or prep them like a tree farm.)
The Valle Grande Information Center and Gift Shop is located at the Valle Grande Staging Area. Exit State Hwy. 4 at mile marker 39.2. Proceed north on the access road for two miles. The access road is often snow covered and icy during the winter season, so take necessary precautions. For current road conditions dial 511 or visit www.NMRoads.com.
Please note that the Valles Caldera National Preserve Christmas tree permits do not apply to the Santa Fe National Forest lands or any other federal, state, or local land management areas.
BUY A TREE, SKI FOR FREE OR HOWL AT THE MOON
THIS WEEKEND AT THE VALLES CALDERA
SPECIAL MOONLIGHT EVENT SATURDAY
The first of this season’s four moonlight x-country skiing and snowshoeing events will be this Saturday. Purchase your Skiing and Snowshoeing Permit at the Valle Grande Information Center and Gift Shop as late as 8:00 PM and enjoy the full moon, bonfires, and the stars until 9:00 PM.
FREE X-COUNTRY SKIING SNOWSHOEING SUNDAY
The first of our two free days offered this season will be Public Appreciation Day this Sunday, December 15. Bring the whole family to take advantage free skiing and snowshoeing from the Valle Grande Staging Area (VGSA) from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM.
CHRISTMAS TREE SALES CONTINUE
Don’t forget to buy your Christmas Tree at the VGSA this weekend. You can also buy a permit to cut your own tree for a $10.00 fee. Trees and permits will be on sale from 9:00 AM -5:00 PM this Friday through Sunday and from December 20 through December 24.
For more information please contact Emily Blumenthal at 505-428-7722 or email
Don’t forget to buy your Christmas Tree at the Valles Caldera this weekend. If you prefer you can also buy a permit to cut your own for $10.00. We’re open from 9:00 AM -5:00 PM today through Sunday. For more information go to: http://www.vallescaldera.gov/newsmedia/news/news_13-11-25ChristmasTrees.pdf