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Soda Dam

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Address: Jemez Springs, NM

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Wow. Who Knew?

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
jwredlabel
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laconia, nh
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laconia, nh
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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Thank jwredlabel
Boerne, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Thank pamelaL74
Essex, England
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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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Thank pd7
Nashville, Tennessee
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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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Thank Merrill B
Mineral, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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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Thank Ellen Herndon A
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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Thank Judi W
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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Thank ARodriguezP
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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Thank Heather H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

The springs that make the dam have a high content of sulpher and other minerals in them, so yup...a little smelly. but absolutely worth the look.

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Thank Charles H
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

This was a cool little pit stop. There is a little stream and pond that you can jump in and a waterfall about 20 feet away. My boys 7/11 loved it and splashed around for about an hour. It did get crowded because it was a summer day. It is really small, so you probably wouldn't want to stay there... More 

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