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Address: Jemez Springs, NM
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A National Scenic Byway.

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Woonderful Way to Spend a Day!

During a recent 3 day stay in Santa Fe, we decided to drive this beautiful highway, and what a thoroughly enjoyable day it was. The roads are gorgeous and the varied scenery one... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 11, 2015
Stittsville, Ontario
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Stittsville, Ontario
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181 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

During a recent 3 day stay in Santa Fe, we decided to drive this beautiful highway, and what a thoroughly enjoyable day it was. The roads are gorgeous and the varied scenery one drives through in the course of the day is quite remarkable. There are beautiful waterfalls (Jemez River Falls - a short, easy hike), the caldera, The Gilman... More 

1 Thank lovesthesun-7
New Jersey
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1,227 reviews
652 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

There is total of 120 miles of scenic trail surrounded by mountains, streams, waterfalls, ruins and natural wonders. If you are not familiar with the area it is best to pick up a simple schematic trail map of Jemez Mountain Trail and follow in chosen direction. It is so much to see. The area is good for a day trip... More 

2 Thank podrozniczka60
Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
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139 reviews
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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!

1 Thank Jean B
Encinitas, California
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33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 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 

1 Thank beachmamaesq
The Woodlands
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158 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 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 

2 Thank Texans112
Carrier Mills, Illinois, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 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 

1 Thank Bennie k
Plano, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 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 

6 Thank s2mc
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 

3 Thank Texas_Stroller
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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