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Soda Dam

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Address: Jemez Springs, NM

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Fascinating Dam

We had a geologist with us who helped us to understand how the soda dam (travertine) was created and why it looks like it does. This site would be greatly improved if a story... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 December 2016
Karen N
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Wichita, Kansas
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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461 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

We loved viewing this wonder. It is very interesting and not to be missed if you are driving in the Jemez Mountains.

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Wichita, Kansas
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

We had a geologist with us who helped us to understand how the soda dam (travertine) was created and why it looks like it does. This site would be greatly improved if a story board were there, but I suspect because of vandalism and cost, they do not have one. It would certainly help if one knew at what they... More 

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laconia, nh
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370 reviews
144 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

This was both a highway stop, and a short-hike stop. It is truly a unique geologic structure, but being pressed for time we only stopped and took some pictures, we did not hike the area, but I will next visit.

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Boerne, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

I was here about a decade ago and I dont remember it being so beautiful. Layers and layers of minerals have depositted and made this formation. Hot water still bubbles from inside, making beautiful travertine dams. Definitely more impressive up close than from the road. An awesome presentation of the power of nature.

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Essex, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Whilst taking the scenic route from Santa Fe to Albuquerque through the Jemez Mountains you come across this little natural rock dam. It's just so dam (!) picturesque! Tip: walk/climb up onto the top and get a friend to take a few pix of you - you'll look like a mountaineer or an intrepid explorer!

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Nashville, Tennessee
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26 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

On the side of the road - no walking necessary to get to it. You can see all there is to see in about 10 minutes (20 if you choose to climb around the back of the falls to see the origin of the water)

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Mineral, Virginia
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8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Great stop for picture taking. But hold your nose because the smell is a little overpowering. Well worth the stop.

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

It's easy to drive right by Soda Dam and not notice it (except for all the parked cars). This is a geologic wonder that shouldn't be missed. Just be careful parking along the side of the road. Don't forget to go around the "backside" of Soda Dam to see the gentle stream that runs through the Dam and creates the... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

This site is right on the side of highway 4 a short while after leaving Jemez Springs. There's a small waterfall that seems to come from under a giant rock (do climb it for some good pics!) and across the road there's more water but this one is a tiny hot spring that comes out of a hole in the... More 

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

I have driven past this attraction for years, and I finally decided to stop and check it out. I'm glad I did! If you are passing through, and need a quick stretch-of-the-legs, then stop here. Soda Dam is a natural dam, where water from underground hot springs has flowed for centuries. The buildup of mineral deposits has formed this unique... More 

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