AP and Staff Report
State, federal and tribal officials will be gathering Saturday to mark the official transition of Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service.
At about 11 a.m., U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will join Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich and other state officials; Native American leaders, including Governor Ray Loretto of Jemez Pueblo and Governor
Michael Chavarria of Santa Clara Pueblo; and other local officials for a dedication ceremony.
Valles Caldera is home to vast grasslands, the remnants of one of North America's few super volcanoes and one of New Mexico's most famous elk herds.
The federal government purchased the property in 2000 with the goal of operating it as a working ranch while developing recreational opportunities for the public. Legislation signed last year cleared the way for the property to transition from trust management to the Park Service.
Officials say public access is expected to increase with the change.