Founded September 15, 2006, Los Amigos de Valles Caldera is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to support Valles Caldera National Preserve for present and future generations through outreach, education, restoration, and collaboration.​

In recent years, we have conducted multiple ecological restoration projects on the preserve, run a variety of educational tours and events, developed educational materials on the preserve's Historic Cabin District, helped to maintain miles of trails, supported Valles Caldera's Night Sky Program, and much more.   Since proudly opening its doors on November 28, 2016, we also run the Valle Grande Bookstore, which sells books, apparel, collectibles, outdoor items, snacks & drinks, and more at two preserve locations, with an online store coming soon!


Los Amigos Board of Directors

Los Amigos de Valles Caldera is run by a Board of Directors who volunteer their time working to support Valles Caldera National Preserve.  Diverse in areas of expertise, we are united by a passion for preserving and sharing Valles Caldera's unique heritage, as well as its lush forests, meandering meadow streams, abundant wildlife, and other natural wonders.

Peggy Gautier, Board Chair

Peggy Gautier

Board Chair

Retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Chemistry Division


Nina Wells


Retired Environmental Specialist/Supervisor with New Mexico Environment Department Surface Water Quality Bureau

Jim Counce, Vice Chair

Jim Counce

Vice Chair

Retired math and science teacher, Jemez Valley Public Schools


Peggy Keilman

Board Member

Retired Clinical Psychologist from Cooperative Educational Services, serving rural New Mexico


Larry Icerman


President of Icerman & Associates, an advanced-technology consulting firm


Steven Dowdy

Board Member

Environmental Engineer and President of Trieman, Inc.


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