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“Beautiful, interesting scenic byway”

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Owner description: A National Scenic Byway.
Reviewed 19 January 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 point to another--we could have continued to Los Alamos or Bandelier National Monument if we continuted heading northeast.
There are many trails to hike, waterfalls to see, natural formations (Battleship Rock, etc.), Native American pueblos and art work (Jemez Pueblo has a nice visitor's center, museum and gift shop), beautiful scenery in the valley and canyons, ruins of a 1600s pueblo at Jemez State Monument, beautiful red rocks, hot springs to soak in and some places with good food (Los Ojos in a great place in Jemez Springs).
This is a great day trip is a beautiful, peaceful area of New Mexico.

7  Thank Pnemiller
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Reviewed 4 October 2011

Fabulous hike up to McCauley Springs by Battleship Rock. About 2 miles on a rough but beautiful trail (not too much for this 50 & 51 year old couple in decent shape.) Around every bend was another gorgeous view of the Jemez mountains. Why do New Mexicans keep this area such a secret? Our reward at the end of the hike: Gorgeous warm spring pools of mountain clear water, in a glen shaded by enormous oaks and pines. Dappled sunlight played off the water as the small waterfall burbled. A magical experience.

6  Thank Lisa J
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Reviewed 18 September 2011

A friend of mine and I drove NM Hwy 4 from Bandelier National Monument to Jemez Pueblo in late October 2010 on a photo tour of northern New Mexico. The fall color was extraordinary. It seems like we had to pull over every mile or so to take photographs of the geological formations, trees, and various scenic vistas along the way. Not only is this road part of a NM scenic byway, it is ranked as a national one as well. The road takes you by the Valles Caldera National Preserve thru the quaint village of Jemez Springs. Hike thru forests, along stream, soak in hot springs, visit ancient native cultural sites. Its a easy day trip out of Albuquerque, but once there you will want to spend much more time. Visit any time of the year.

5  Thank Bob G
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Reviewed 16 October 2014
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Thank Dion C
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