New Mexico offers state parks and monuments as well as, national parks and monuments but the Valles Caldera National Preserve is different! Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast is a Santa Fe area bed and breakfast, located in historic Chimayo, NM. We are only a 50-minute drive from the Valle Caldera National Preserve, which is an 89,000 acre nature preserve. The preserve is teeming with wildlife and offers spectacular vistas of New Mexico landscapes. The Valles Caldera National Preserve (formally known as the Baca Ranch, when privately owned) is situated within a pristine caldera, which is a collapsed volcanic crater, in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico. Because the number of visitors in the preserve is kept to a minimum, you will really experience the splendor of nature here. No crowds or waiting for a parking spot. The preserve offers free, self-guided hikes on beautiful trails. There are also numerous offerings of many types of guided tours and activities as well. The “Magma to Magpie” tour and the “Wildlife and Habitat Tour” are both guided van drives with an experienced interpreter. For you night owls, how about an astronomical night-sky tour in the preserve? The preserve also offers a 2 ½ hour photography tour that will allow you to photograph various icons on within the preserve. Do you own a horse and want to do your tour on horseback? No problem. Riders do not share a trail with anyone else, so you can really enjoy the forests and meadows of the preserve. The same is true for the mountain bikers. These are just a few of the MANY activities that are offered at the preserve. Some activities are free and others require a fee. Casa Escondida B&B invites you to visit their online calendar to view their current schedule. For May, 2012, in addition to all of the above, you will also find offerings that include fly-fishing, geology, archeology, history, outdoor skills and more! The staff at Casa Escondida B&B is pleased to assist you with any reservations that you may desire for any of these activities or tours at the Valle Caldera National Preserve. We also have many wonderful rooms available throughout the season.