Valles Caldera plans photographic excursions in spring and fall

Posted at: 04/16/2013 8:39 AM
Updated at: 04/16/2013 10:59 AM
By: The Associated Press

JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) - The Valles Caldera National Preserve is offering the public a chance to explore its 89,000 acres in northern New Mexico on three-day photography excursions this spring and in the fall.

Lotteries will select the winners, 12 for each outing. Each winner can bring one guest. The winners can drive their own vehicles to take photographs in most parts of the preserve although some areas will remain closed.

Camping will be allowed at a designated location. Officials say the lottery closes April 24 for the first photography event, which is scheduled for May 24-26.

The second outing is Sept. 20-22, and the lottery closes on Aug. 21. People can apply by calling the preserve at 1-866-382-5537, or can register online here.  Each lottery entry costs $10.

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