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Nambe Falls

Santa Fe, NM
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Ranked #41 of 94 Attractions in Santa Fe
Type: Waterfalls, Outdoors
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Type: Waterfalls, Outdoors

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
1 review
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Although the web site says the falls are open, we took the drive this Friday, August 8, and they were closed. Yes, we called the info line. Yes, the recording said the falls were open. No, there was no sign saying the falls were closed at the beginning of the road. That would have been too considerate. We had to... More 

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Columbus, Texas
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25 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

This is really outside of Santa Fe, a little drive. They are not the most impressive falls in the world, but they can't all be, can they? It is a beautiful wilderness and a nice little hike. Could be steep for some. We enjoyed it very much. We would have stayed longer, but it was a stop along the way... More 

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Potomac, Md
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73 reviews 73 reviews
11 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

The scenery on the way to the falls is really nice. The 15 minute hike to the overlook is a bit steep but very pleasant. The falls themselves are not very impressive. Worth the trip but not as interesting as tent rocks or Ghost Ranch.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We heard about this place from a friend and I have to say, my husband and I had no idea there was such a great camping spot so close to us (in Albuquerque)! It is just a couple of streets past Buffalo Thunder resort and then 8 miles up the trail to the ranger station. Nambe offers many great campsites,... More 

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60 reviews 60 reviews
8 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

The last I heard, the lake was still closed. A forest fire in the watershed has resulted in a continuing flow of debris into the lake. They dredged the lake once, and it filled again. However, the debris settles in the lake, so the waterfall and the ponds and the stream are all clear. You hike up the stream and... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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67 reviews 67 reviews
6 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We saw their website and thought it would be an easy & nice visit during our recent trip to Santa Fe. We paid our $10/car fee at the entrance to a friendly ranger and drove to the parking lot. We hiked about 10 minute to reach the overlook of the falls, which is an interesting view in the middle of... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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63 reviews 63 reviews
20 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

I wouldn't recommend this being your sole destination, but if you're driving the High Road to Taos this makes for a great break in that drive (coming from Albuquerque). The hike is short, but it is quite amazing to see such a sight in the midst of high desert country. I'd also recommend calling ahead to make sure it's open.... More 

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Oxford, Michigan
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56 reviews 56 reviews
21 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Nambe Falls and the creek it forms are great for a refreshing dip. Even toddlers can enjoy the shallow water. Beautiful!

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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74 reviews 74 reviews
23 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Nambé Fall is under the dam but its still great to see this much water in New Mexico. We went during the week in the summer and it was not crowded at all. The gate person was really friendly and helpful and they did not charge for the camera (got lucky). The overlook hike to the right of the water... More 

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Houston, Texas, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We took the path to the right up to the falls. On Thursday, it was quite private, only saw one other group on their way down as we were going up. The only disappointment is that above the falls is a damn - so it takes away a bit from feeling that you're in the wilderness. But certainly worth the... More 

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