Dalene Valdez

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Dalene Valdez

College Auxiliary Services Director
Ojo Caliente

Her Story

We’re a rodeo family, so we see a lot of the state in our travels. There are so many hidden gems — Ruidoso, Hot Springs, Abiquiu Lake. My favorite place is the Red Rocks of Abiquiu. There is so much to explore, and most people only see a small piece of our state. I’m from Ojo Caliente, and I adore Southwest fashion and my Western lifestyle. My young kids love New Mexico, too.
My husband and I are raising them in a close-knit community, and they’ll always call New Mexico “home.” We’ve talked about moving, but at the end of the day, we just don’t want to leave.