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Owner description: A National Scenic Byway.
Reviewed 23 January 2013

I loved the trail and felt very safe even hiking alone. The scenery changes and the beauty is breathtaking, often feeling like I have the wilderness and yet the feel of Colorado without the drive. Stopping at the center in Jemez you can pick up lots of info and maps to guide you along your way. It is cooler in the summer as well.

1  Thank Bennie k
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Reviewed 24 August 2012

I practically had to drag my guys along this drive, but it turned out to be one of the best parts of our trip.

This beautiful drive way up in the Jemez Mountains is a sensory treat with gorgeous scenery and changing geological formations. Take your time along the way and stop wherever possible to soak in magical sites and the wonderful hikes. The viewpoint is very different from each direction highlighting new treasures to discover. If you tie it in with a side trip to Bandelier National Monument, plan on a very full day, or an overnight stay in Los Alamos.

The highlights include the sheer beauty of the climbing road highlighting the incredible rise from the canyon floor. Valles Caldera is breathtaking in size- what a fantastic insight into the almost unimaginable size of the super volcano that created the 1,000 foot thick volcanic formations far, far below. Jemez Falls is small but pretty, although the hike is steeper than proclaimed. There are several hot springs along the route, although McCauley Warm Springs is the only one marked on the highway. Battleship Rock is imposing, but best viewed from the south facing north. Soda Dam is just cool - a dam naturally formed by the minerals in the water that is still growing and can be easily explored. The well-preserved 1600s pueblo at Jemez Sate monument was closed on the day of our drive but is visible from the road.

I'm sure that there are many other great spots along the way, but the fading light turned us back towards the lights of the city. One last chance to marvel at the wonders of our beautiful planet.

8  Thank s2mc
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Reviewed 18 April 2012

The Jemez Mountain Trail was designated as a National Scenic Byway in 1998 for its amazing geologic formations, ancient Indian ruins, Indian pueblos, and evidence of the area's logging, mining, and ranching heritage.

The Sante Fe National Forest is a result of a combination of several national forests created in the early 1900's. The area of the Jemez Mountain Trail was originally part of the Jemez National Forest established in 1906.

See photo attached of the trail highlights.

We drove one hour beyond Jemez Springs. Kept stopping for pictures along the way as the sun was setting over the majestic ridge. A beautiful drive.

5  Thank Texas_Stroller
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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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