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“A tad isolated but beautiful”

Jemez State Monument
Ranked #37 of 224 things to do in Albuquerque
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This park contains the remains of a 17th-century church, where park rangers explain the tortured history of the Indians and the Spaniards in this area.
Reviewed 14 October 2013 via mobile

On a day trip from ABQ to explore the back roads and find the Gillman tunnels. Stopped here and had it to ourselves. Just wish the Kiva was repaired to be able to go inside.

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Reviewed 13 October 2013

The monument is a very well kept and organized. The walls of the church are simply haunting and the words in the small museum equally so. Go and learn about the people of this area, some of their history and how positive they are about the future.

An important place for anyone to visit while traveling around this beautiful area. Pictures are allowed at the site, just not in the museum.

$3 for admittance - a short walk around the ruins in a beautiful setting. Look up while walking around at the amazing rock formations.

This whole area is simply incredible.

2  Thank Melisamai
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

Perhaps we lucked out being off-season, but we had the entire place to ourselves. The museum was small but had some interesting items and stories. Jemez, the Spanish interpretation for the Pueblo name "people" was a bit funny to me. Check out the handmade rug inside and read a few of the signs.

The outside area was absolutely stunning in the morning light - red rock, blue sky, yellow flowers, truly the type of area that inspire paintings. You're initially greeted by a horno (bread anyone?). You continue on to the main chapel area and living areas. If you read the signs, you'll read about a few archaeological opinions that you might find of interest. Great for kids to use their imagination as well.

The history here was interesting with the battle between Christianity and Pueblo beliefs. I imagine this place had much spiritual and emotional struggle and yet today holds beauty and markers to preserve this piece of history.

Tips:
#1 Watch for cactus and possibly a snake or two. We never encountered any and stayed on trail, but I still managed to get cactus spines in my sock.

#2 September: gorgeous. Quite possibly the best time to be here.

#3 Watch your young kids - there's fun areas for a kid to climb and to stay entertained, but there's also cactus and signs for rattlesnakes. If you stay on the trail, you should be fine, but watch your kids.

#4 Camera. Don't forget it! If you are an artist, you just might find inspiration here.

#5 Wheelchairs can get around the loop pretty well, but not up into the chapel area. Plenty to see from the trail though!

2  Thank bigbrowndoggie
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

Like many other sites in the US, the ruins of the church stand strong as a monument to the demise of the culture of the Native Americans. Built atop the original native houses, the church faces a cemetery where only the converts could be buried. The literature emphasizes the solitary life that the friars had to endure during their efforts to exterminate local cultures and bring the "savages" to Christianity.

The buildings, however, are quite impressive. The thick walls are built of stone and mud, all carried by the indigenous people, and are in decent repair, given their age and local weather. The grounds are well kept and the ranger, Matt, is very friendly.

Thank VMZee
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

It's a beautiful drive to reach the ruins which are tucked into a lovely scenery. The museum is good, but the highlight is the ruins. The guide is informative. Lots of great photo opportunities. A recommended site to see.

Thank R S
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