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The Village of Jemez Springs invites you to visit and enjoy area’s natural mineral hot springs and beautiful scenery.  Take a soak and get a massage at one of the local spas.  Shop at local artist galleries, have a nice meal at any of several dining spots, and stay the night.  Local music events and art happenings are frequent and small-town hospitality is abundant.

Jemez ValleyIf you like to spend time outdoors, the area’s unique geologic history offers a rich variety of opportunities -- miles of scenic views, hiking trails, campgrounds, and fishing spots all along the Jemez River.  The Valles Caldera offers many educational and recreational opportunities to visitors.  Please contact the US Forest Service (575-829-3535) for the latest information about trail conditions and fire danger levels.

Lots of local color centers around the Village square, which includes a playground, library, gazebo, sun clock and skate park.  Independence Day and Luminarios Day are traditional and festive, and the colors in the fall (usually peaking the 2nd - 3rd week of October) are simply spectacular.

Browse this website for more information including calendar of events, directions, weather and links to local area businesses and organizations.  Please treat the wilderness with respect, handle fire responsibly, and pack out your trash so future generations can also enjoy the beauty of this high-desert environment.

Jemez Mountain Trail

Just northwest of Albuquerque, in Sandoval County at the village of San Ysidro (Junction of NM 550 and 4) begins one of New Mexico's most spectacular scenic drives, the Jemez Mountain Trail, declared a National Scenic Byway in recognition of its fantastic natural and cultural resources.

Traveling this trail is a journey through time. A leisurely day trip takes you past amazing geological formations, ancient Indian ruins, the Jemez Pueblo and the remainders of the area's logging, mining and ranching heritage. Much of the region is now a National Recreation Area, and there are many opportunities for hiking, fishing, camping and cross country skiing. The Jemez Mountains is famous for its natural hot springs.



Things To Do

Cat Mesa

The Jemez area abounds with things to do. For the adventurous there are great hiking and mountain bike trails, places to camp and fish, and in the winter, cross-country skiing is quite popular. The Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera website is a great place to get more information.

Those looking for rest and relaxation can stay overnight and enjoy a soak and massage at the Jemez Springs Bath House.  Take care of your hunger with a great meal at one of the local restaurants. If you still have some energy left you can do some leisurely shopping.  Jemez Springs features some amazing art cooperatives as well.

At special times of the year there are Native American festivals and dances at the nearby pueblos to which the public is invited. Not all celebrations are open to the public. If you're not sure please call ahead.

Also a popular point of interest is the Jemez State Monument, located in the Village of Jemez Springs. Visitors are welcome to tour the history and the beauty of this historical site. The ruins are among the most impressive in the Southwest. An interpretive trail winds through the 7 acre site. The visitor center contains exhibits interpreting historic events from the perspective of the Jemez people.


Things To See

Battleship Rock

Jemez Springs is overflowing with things to do and see.  Over 1 million visitors come to the Jemez area each year.

Drive down New Mexico highway 4 to experience the beauty of the Jemez mountains.  Highway 4 was designated a national scenic highway in 1998.

The Jemez valley is a fascinating variety of canyons, mesas, tentrocks, hotsprings, ancient village remnants, snow, spring-fed rivers and gorgeous red rock formations.

The charming Village of Jemez springs, with it ancient cottonwoods, adobe buildings and sheer canyon walls.  The highway will take you past the Jemez State Monument, Soda Dam and Battleship Rock.

Continue through the pinon, oak, and juniper belt to the ponderosa Douglas fir forests, to the Baca Land Grant, the Valles Grande, and Bandaleir National Monument, in Los Alamos.

Amid all of this beauty you’ll find great fishing spots along the Jemez River and Fenton Lake. Endless biking, hiking trails, camping spots, cross-country skiing, various hunting options.

The Valles Caldera National Preserve 89,000 acres located inside a collapsed volcanic crator.  For an exhilarating day-trip, plan to visit to Chaco Culture Historical National Park, Betsie Badlands Wilderness, Aztec National Monument, Cabezon Peak, or the Acoma Pueblo.

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