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As the name implies, Jemez Springs is abundant with nurturing hot springs - both commercial and primitive - whose healing mineral waters have attracted many here for centuries. In fact, archaeological findings discovered near Soda Dam date back as far as 2,500 BC. Pueblos were later created and today, visitors can walk the 1,400 foot interpretive trail at Jemez Historic Site whose ruins date back 500 years. The 16th century San José de Guisewa (Jemez) church at the monument encapsulates the arrival of Spanish missionaries to the area. San José de Guisewa is one of the largest of all missions in the United States. Jemez Springs transformed into a tourist destination in the 1800’s because of the lure of its hot springs.
Jemez Springs is also within a short driving distance to Fenton Lake, Gilman Tunnels, Valles Caldera National Park, and Los Alamos, NM.
Unplug. Reconnect. Soak it All In at Jemez Springs.
Despite dramatic changes over the last 150 years, many traditions continue here today. Public dances at Jemez Pueblo resemble those that have been celebrated for generations; water still flows through acequias dug more than 100 years ago; and old adobe or river-rock-and-mortar buildings have stood the test of time. Descendants of some of the original families – those named on old Spanish land grants – still live here.
Take a journey of preserved area history, displayed at the Jemez Pueblo’s Walatowa Visitor Center just seven miles south of Jemez Springs. Near the pueblo, award winning Ponderosa Winery offers wine tour and tastings, where visitors can take a bottle to enjoy while staying at one of many welcoming accommodations in the village.
From primitive and secluded to luxurious and intimate, the Jemez Springs area (less than an hour from Albuquerque) offers a number of hot springs to help visitors rest and rejuvenate both mind and body.
Within the village of Jemez Springs is the village-owned Jemez Springs Bath House. The non-profit facility offers cool or hot mineral soaks and healing massages by licensed therapists in private treatment rooms. Prices start at just $12 for a 25-minute soak. Visit jemezsprings.org or call 575-829-3303 for more information.
Looking for a soak even farther off the beaten path? These springs are on public lands managed by the Forest Service. Well worth the walks if you truly like to get away from it all. Call the Forest Service-Jemez Ranger District at 575-829-3065 for the latest information, and be aware that weather sometimes makes access difficult.
accessible from either Battleship Rock (5 miles north of Jemez Springs on highway 4) or Jemez Falls Campground (14 miles north of Jemez Springs). Park at either location for the roughly2.5 mile hike in to the springs.
7 miles north of Jemez Springs. Large parking lot on the east side of highway 4, follow the short trail down to the river and up the other side to the springs.
9 miles north of Jemez Springs, turn west at La Cueva onto highway 120. Go approximately 3 miles to National Forest road 376 north springs are located 5 miles north on 376. Note that 376 is typically closed in winter due to extreme snow conditions at that elevation.