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Mesa Public Library presents “Hiking Trails in Valles Caldera National Preserve” with author Coco Rae April 14 – Los Alamos Reporter


The Mesa Public Library staff is pleased to introduce Trails in Valles Caldera National Reserve, a virtual author conversation with Coco Rae. This program will be broadcast live via Zoom on Thursday, April 14 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. For those who have been waiting for spring to arrive before breaking out their hiking boots, this timely program will be a great starting point for planning the season’s outdoor adventures.

This updated and expanded edition of Trails in Valles Caldera National Reserve includes everything visitors need to know to enjoy this vast caldera, one of the largest in the United States. Outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers will find countless opportunities to explore the natural history of the caldera’s vast mountain grasslands, vast biodiversity and meandering streams. The guide includes over 70 color photographs and detailed descriptions of over 25 trails along with topographic maps, recommendations for mountain bikers (in addition to hikers) and a history of the reserve.

Coco Rae is a Los Alamos resident and avid hiker who has trekked on all five continents but still loves the New Mexico outback more than anywhere else. She has spent the past 20 years wandering the trails of northern New Mexico and has been a volunteer at Valles Caldera National Preserve since 2018. She really is – each trail has its own personality and each valley has its own beauty to reveal. Exploring the caldera in different seasons means I never had the same experience twice, no matter how many times I hiked a trail. I never tire of this landscape, says Coco.

This program is free to the public and is made possible by the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries. Registration is required to obtain a Zoom meeting link and access the program. Please check the calendar of events at LosAlamosLibrary.org or call Jessica Jenkins at (505) 662-8257 for more information.