Many people assume funding for our National Parks, Monuments and Preserves is provided by the federal government and park fees. However, funding from those sources often falls short of actual funding needs.
Valles Caldera National Preserve faces an even greater challenge. Unlike other park system sites, under the current structure it is mandated to be self-sufficient by 2015.
Mechanisms are in place to help achieve that goal. The preserve is allowed to collect user fees for activities such as hiking or cross country skiing that far exceed entrance fees at national parks and monuments.
Valles Caldera is also able to offer fee activities such as hunting, which is prohibited at other parks.