The Santa Fe National Forest may be temporarily closed, but businesses in the Jemez Valley – from Canon to La Cueva – are not affected, and open to you during normal business hours. You deserve a break from the noise so take the picturesque drive along the Jemez Mountain National Scenic Byway Trail (NM-4) and soak in the culture, outdoor beauty and down time. Consider this itinerary for a weekend or weekday trip:
- Near mile marker 6, head east along Hwy 290 to Ponderosa Winery. Bring a picnic lunch, sample wines and take a bottle with you to Jemez Springs to share later.
- Stop at the Jemez Pueblo Welcome Center (Walatowa VC) and learn about the pueblo and area history. Sign up for a Red Rocks Canyon guided tour then enjoy Fry Bread drizzling with honey across the street, while taking in the majestic views.
- Look around at the art and handmade crafts from local artisans at Jemez Fine Art Gallery or Jemez Artisans Gallery, directly across from each other in Jemez Springs
- Book a massage or wrap at the Bath House or Canon del Rio for the next day
- Visit Jemez Historic Site and explore the 500 year old Indian village and remnants of San Jose de Jemez Mission church
- Night time soak at Jemez Hot Springs under the stars
- Breakfast the next morning at a Village restaurant
- Bring something fun back from the local shops
- Pizza for lunch at the Jemez Valley’s newest restaurant, Nomad’s, before hitting the road