A Golden Opportunity

Valles Caldera is one of the world’s most intriguing geological formations, yet private ownership and restrictive access have kept this marvel off-limits to most.


By Kelly Bastone


A dormant super-volcano, Valles Caldera is one of the world’s most intriguing geological formations, yet private ownership and restrictive access have kept this marvel off-limits to most. But if it becomes a national park, all of that could change. Watch the five-minute video below to experience Valles Caldera’s stunning landscapes and listen to an interview with the preserve’s director of science education.

Kelly Bastone is a hiker, photographer, and freelance writer based in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

This article appears in the Fall 2010 issue.

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