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“Still a fav.”

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

First off I have to agree with another reviewer regarding watching your speed. The road almost smells of possible speed traps bringing in much needed income. That said, just do a bit below the posted limit. Anytime I am on this road and see another in my mirror I pull over and let em go. I simply WILL NOT be rushed on this drive. I even had nuts passing me in a hail storm going downhill at that windy section N of Battleship Rock.

It is without doubt one of the most beautiful drives west of the Sandias and I have driven most of the roads. The fact that some of my most viewed and faved photos on Flickr are from this hgy says it all I guess.

It's going to be interesting to see what takes place with this talk about rerouting it around Jemez Pueblo. I can see the pueblos reasons but it may end up biting them in the rear as far as retail sales go.

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Reviewed 25 May 2014

This is a very attractive drive through glorious scenery, with abundant things for the outdoors-oriented traveler to do along the way. I've done it literally hundreds of times, and I never get tired of its beauty. However, you need to remain on the alert when driving this route, because there are several hazards that can rise up and bite the unwary motorist. Weather is an obvious one; it's largely in high country and significant snow can happen early in fall and well into spring. Another is the presence of both wildlife and bad drivers along the road. A particularly aggravating "hazard" is the presence of frequent radar traps, exacerbated by the fact that there are multiple jurisdictions and frequent, erratic changes in speed limits, particularly in the western half of the route. The usual caution "stay within the speed limit and you won't have a problem" doesn't apply here, alas, because the fact is that many drivers do exceed the speed limit, sometimes severely. Staying within the speed limit, while generally wise, creates not merely frustrations but outright road hazards when the speed demons go screaming past you. (Do it anyway.) All of this said, I still recommend this route strongly; just be careful when you're driving it.

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Reviewed 1 June 2013

Looking for a day-long adventure through northern New Mexico? Try a loop-drive along Highway 4 through the Jemez mountains along this National Scenic Byway. Ancient landscapes, multi-cultural history, vistas and stopping points all along the way.

1  Thank JemezSprings
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Reviewed 25 March 2013

What a wonderful drive if you can take the time. The colors and the beauty of the surrounding mountains and landscape is amazing. There is a visitors center at the beginning which was very informative. There are many stops along the way for picture taking. Well worth the drive

1  Thank Vegasgram
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Reviewed 20 February 2013

Love the Jemez Mountains. This is a great day trip if you are visiting the area. Beautiful scenery, great photo ops. Don't forget to visit Pajarito Mountain, the sleepy amazing ski hill in the Jemez Mountains. Have lunch at the cafe.

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