Overnight from Albuquerque

Day One

  1. Stop and walk along Coronado State Monument in Sandoval County, start of Jemez Mountain Scenic Byway to Jemez
  2. Continue on Hwy 550 to Hwy 4
  3. On Hwy 4, turn right at exit 290 to Ponderosa, follow road to Ponderosa Winery for wine tasting
  4. Return to Hwy 4 north to Jemez Pueblo. Stop into Walatowa Visitor Center and set up Red Rocks Canyon Trail guided walk for next day (hours vary upon season)
  5. Drive across street for Indian Taco, fry bread or other locally made pueblo food and enjoy the beautiful red rock mesas while eating
  6. Continue on Hwy 4, turn west on NM 485 to historic Gilman Tunnels
  7. Get back on Hwy 4 to Jemez Springs
  8. Visit Jemez Fine Art Gallery and/or Jemez Artisans (across the street from each other)
  9. Check in to hotel
  10. Dinner at Los Ojos Saloon and Restaurant or Highway 4 Cafe (check weekly and seasonal hours)
  11. Nighttime soak outdoors at Jemez Hot Springs under the starry night sky

Day Two

  1. Breakfast at Highway 4 Cafe
  2. Visit Jemez Historic Site; walk along self guided 1.5 mile interpretive trail
  3. Get on Hwy 4, head north to Soda Dam. Walk around, take photos.
  4. Continue north 17 miles on Hwy. 4 past Battleship Rock (to right) to Valles Caldera National Preserve. Check out visitor center, hike one of several hiking trails.
  5. Return south towards Jemez Springs. Stop at Weekends or other shops (link to shopping page) for locally made gifts
  6. Lunch back in Village at Stage Stop restaurant
  7. Continue south along Hwy. 4 to Walatowa Visitor Center to take guided Red Rocks Canyon Trail Tour.
    Alternate extended stay options, north of Jemez along Jemez Mountain Scenic Byway Trail.
  8. Fenton Lake State Park
  9. Bandelier National Monument
  10. Los Alamos, NM

Unplug, reconnect in Jemez Springs.


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