There are lots of recreational activities in the Jemez area. From the mesas and ruins of Chaco Canyon to the ancient volcano of the Valles Caldera and beyond to Bandelier are several hundred miles of hiking, biking and cross-country trails, camping and fishing places. Sightseeing opportunities about along the Jemez Mountain Trail scenic byway. Jemez Springs is an easy drive from Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Abiquiu, Cuba, Shiprock and Farmington.
The U.S. Forest Service manages much of the public lands in the area, including popular Spence hot springs and McCulley warm springs. Permits are required for wood cutting and are issued at the Forest Service office located 1 mile north of the Village of Jemez Springs town square. Fishing Licenses may be purchased at various locations throughought Sandoval County.
Please respect the land and handle fire responsibly. Campfires and barbeque grills should be used in designated areas only. All fires must be extinguished before being abandonded. During extreme drought conditions, fires are not permitted anywhere on public lands. Call the US Forest Service at 575-829-3535 for current fire conditions and restrictions.
The Walatowa Visitor Center is also an excellent source of information about the area and its inhabitants, both past and present.