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Jemez Mountain Trail

Jemez Springs, NM
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Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
Description: A National Scenic Byway.
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Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
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70 reviews 70 reviews
28 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

What a gorgeous drive! It's well worth your time. So much to see and many hikes available. I went to Jemez River Falls, Valles Caldera National Preserve, Los Alamos which has an excellent museum and many choices for lunch, and Bandelier National Monument. Oh, and don't miss the Overlook in White Rock NM. It's spectacular!

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146 reviews 146 reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

it is quite a hike to the hot springs but the trails are definitiely pretty. some parts are steeper but you can find a lot of flat areas and less steep inclines. I am not a hiker so my opinion is probably useless to avid hikers and REI types. I did go here with hikers though and they have been... More

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The Woodlands
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121 reviews 121 reviews
60 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

We were so bummed that due to nearby forest fires we were unable to make this whole drive into Santa Fe but just the portion we did was amazing! The red rock formations are incredible and the expanse is breathtaking. Much of the drive reminded me of Arizona-Sedona and Grand Canyon area. Do NOT miss this drive! And plan for... More

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Carrier Mills, Illinois, United States
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45 reviews 45 reviews
23 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

My husband and I visited here during the summer and it was a beautiful drive from Albuquerque. We are from southern Illinois and the some of the stuff here, you will never see back home. There is a rock formation that has water running from the top and some people were using it as a water slide and sliding from... More

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Cerrillos, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I loved the trail and felt very safe even hiking alone. The scenery changes and the beauty is breathtaking, often feeling like I have the wilderness and yet the feel of Colorado without the drive. Stopping at the center in Jemez you can pick up lots of info and maps to guide you along your way. It is cooler in... More

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Plano, Texas
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120 reviews 120 reviews
28 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

I practically had to drag my guys along this drive, but it turned out to be one of the best parts of our trip. This beautiful drive way up in the Jemez Mountains is a sensory treat with gorgeous scenery and changing geological formations. Take your time along the way and stop wherever possible to soak in magical sites and... More

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Tomball, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

The Jemez Mountain Trail was designated as a National Scenic Byway in 1998 for its amazing geologic formations, ancient Indian ruins, Indian pueblos, and evidence of the area's logging, mining, and ranching heritage. The Sante Fe National Forest is a result of a combination of several national forests created in the early 1900's. The area of the Jemez Mountain Trail... More

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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

This trail along NM 4 northwest of Albuquerque is one of the most beautiful, interesting areas of the state and seems to be relatively unknown. We have been on it many times and recently took a ride from San Yisidro, an old Spanish village, north about 30 miles. You can do the trail in a loop or go from one... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2011

Fabulous hike up to McCauley Springs by Battleship Rock. About 2 miles on a rough but beautiful trail (not too much for this 50 & 51 year old couple in decent shape.) Around every bend was another gorgeous view of the Jemez mountains. Why do New Mexicans keep this area such a secret? Our reward at the end of the... More

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Mountainair, New Mexico
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011

A friend of mine and I drove NM Hwy 4 from Bandelier National Monument to Jemez Pueblo in late October 2010 on a photo tour of northern New Mexico. The fall color was extraordinary. It seems like we had to pull over every mile or so to take photographs of the geological formations, trees, and various scenic vistas along the... More

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