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The Jemez Mountains in New Mexico

The thrill of an adventure is one that we all know well. The Jemez (pronounced hey-mous) Mountains contains all the adventure you will ever need—scenic drives, hot springs, numerous hiking trails, fly fishing, and incredible experiences in public lands such as the Valles Caldera National Preserve, and Bandelier National Monument. The San Pedro Parks, Bandelier, and Dome Wilderness areas are pristine preserves, and the Santa Fe National Forest West offers endless outdoor opportunities.

Our aim at Jemez Adventures is to help you explore the mountains strategically with our Jemez outdoor guides.  Scenic drives, short hikes, and fishing guide books you help focus your Jemez adventure. We want you to have a fun-filled trip in the Jemez Mountains.

Jemez Scenic Drives

One of the best ways to see the beauty of the forest and the Jemez' unique attractions such as Kasha Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument or the Puye Cliff Dwellings, is to take a scenic drive.  Famous Jemez Drives (Cool road trips in the Jemez), our newest map-pack guide, will get you there safely with maps, photos, and Fun Stops.

Fly Fishing in the Jemez

The Jemez has some of the the best small stream fly-fishing in northern New Mexico. Rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout live in the many streams throughout the range. Come fish the Jemez & let us know how your trip went at our UPDATES page. Click here for JA fishing books, map-packs, & flies. 

Hiking in the Jemez

There are over 100 public trails scattered throughout the Jemez Mountains for fun-filled hikes—JA’s guide to 37 trails in Short Jemez Hikes is a great start! Click here to make the most of your trip.

Hot Springs

Enhance your Jemez trip with a hot spring soak!  Some are commercial while others are in the national forest and reached by a short hike. JA’s guides detail trails to the forest springs and highlight the developed springs. A great soak is one of the best ways to experience the Jemez – try it! Click here to make the most of your trip.

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Famous Jemez Drives (Cool road trips in the Jemez Mountains)

by Alan Bray

About the Drives:

  • Includes 15 drives in the Jemez Mountains.

  • All drives on public land with public access.

  • 13 drives can be made in 2WD when conditions are dry & perfect, but only 8 when wet, recently wet, or potentially washed out.

  • Drives take 2 - 4 hours without stops (but please make some stops) from the starting point for that drive.

  • Specific information provided for each drive:

    • Drive length, road status/condition

    • 2WD vs. 4WD recommendation.

    • Fun stops and things to see

    • Rec areas, campgrounds, and trailhead locations.

    • Drive maps, side drives, notes & photos.

    • Start and  End locations for the drive.

  • Jemez wilderness areas, parks, preserves  & monuments visited by the drives include:

    • San Pedro Parks Wilderness​

    • Valles Caldera Nat'l Preserve

    • Bandelier National Monument

    • Dome & Bandelier Wildernesses 

    • Kasha Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

    • Jemez Falls Park & Campground

    • Fenton Lake State Park

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