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“Beautiful scenary, beautiful drive, amazing ruins”

Jemez State Monument
Ranked #38 of 223 things to do in Albuquerque
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Owner description: This park contains the remains of a 17th-century church, where park rangers explain the tortured history of the Indians and the Spaniards in this area.
Reviewed September 21, 2013

It's a beautiful drive to reach the ruins which are tucked into a lovely scenery. The museum is good, but the highlight is the ruins. The guide is informative. Lots of great photo opportunities. A recommended site to see.

Thank R S
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

The monument is very interesting but the little town of Jemez Springs is a delight. Los Ohos is one of a kind bar/restaurant. The drive through the canyon is gorgeous and the Indian tacos at the roadside stands on the pueblo are incredible! Have fry bread with cinnamon and powdered sugar to cool down the spice after!

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Reviewed July 6, 2013

We've driven past the Monument many times but have never stopped until yesterday. What a gem! Ancestors of the Jemez people built several villages both on top of the mesa as well as this one about 700 years ago. Admission is only $3 for adults and kids under 16 are free. The state park rangers at the front desk are very knowledgeable and take pride in relaying the history of this historic place. There is an easy 1/2 mile loop trail with markers that coincide with the explanatory booklet which is loaned free of charge. The remains of the village named "Guisewa" have been excavated along with the mission church built alongside it. One can almost feel the presence of the ancients while walking the grounds. The amazing beauty of the red rock scenery is bonus. There is a small museum in the visitors' center which is well worth a stop. It does a good job of relaying the difficulties of keeping one's culture and identity in face of the Spanish attempts at religious conversion.

Thank mwcw
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

This unique spot marks so much New Mexico history it's hard to summarize here. Walking through these well-preserved ruins of Spanish and Pueblo culture is like walking back in time. You can almost hear the voices of the many people who once lived there, imagine their lives and stories. Now known as the Jemez Historic Site, it is open to visitors year-round and is a must-see when visiting the Jemez Springs area. Highly recommended!

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Reviewed March 27, 2013

What a beautiful setting and the ruins are amazing. Lots more to see here than at Coronado State Monument. Note: If you're visiting both monuments, buy the discount pass which saves you $1 each. There was no sign at Coronado so we missed that little gem!
Definitely a good stop for the whole family.

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