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.