For years, New Mexicans have complained about the $1,000 turkey hunts and even higher price tags on the chance to bag elk on the 89,000-acre Valles Caldera National Preserve. They didn’t like the requirement of making a reservation — or paying $10 — to hike on some parts of the preserve, either.
So many state residents will welcome a decision last Thursday by the board of the Valles Caldera Trust, which manages the property in the Jemez Mountains west of Los Alamos, to allow unrestricted foot access.
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