The La Jara Trail is another scenic meadow hike in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. This easy 1.5-mile loop, which begins from the Valle Grande Visitor Center, circumnavigates Cerro La Jara, a now tree-covered rhyolite lava dome that rises roughly 245 feet above the Valle Grande floor. Since this is a self-interpretative trail, you’ll have the option of borrowing a trail guide from the visitor center, if you wish to learn more about the area. Visitors may also want to note that the entire hike travels through open meadows, and is therefore fully exposed to the prevailing weather elements.
Coyote Call Trail, which provides visitors with the chance to see the valley from the southern rim of the caldera. For an even better option, I highly recommend checking out the hike up to Cerro Grande Peak.
Trail: La Jara Trail
RT Distance: 1.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 25 feet
Max Elevation: ~8500 feet
TH Location: Valle Grande Visitor Center
Map: Bandelier NM Trails Illustrated Map
Santa Fe - Taos Hiking Guide: - The Santa Fe - Taos area contains a wide selection of easily accessible trails throughout its mountains and high desert places - where outdoor enthusiasts can explore the diverse topography and ecosystems of northern New Mexico year-round. Now for the first time in one convenient volume, veteran local guidebook author Bob D'Antonio introduces you to 52 great hikes within an hour of these two towns. From alpine peaks to sage-covered mesas, northern New Mexico offers incredible hiking opportunities - and this guide leads you to the best.