The Valle Grande Staging Area on the Valles Caldera National Preserve will reopen today.
The staging area, located in the Valle Grande, off NM 4 near mile marker 39, has been closed due to the Las Conchas fire since June 26, when staff and visitors were forced to evacuate.
The area remained closed to the public during fire operations as crews and equipment used the road to access the fire and to stop its westward spread.
The staging area offers people a spectacular view of the Valle Grande. At this time visitors can see firsthand the aftermath of the Las Conchas fire safely and legally (areas off NM 4 are still closed due to high fire danger). Visitors can also get up to date information on the fire as well as area closures and restrictions.