Jemez Mountain Trail

National Scenic BywayNew Mexico

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  • Cluster of Life-Size Statues in Downtown Albuquerque

    This group of life-size statues represents the diverse people that make up Albuquerque.

  • An Easy Climb into the Soda Dam

    A happy traveler sits near a geological formation inside the Soda Dam on the Jemez Mountain Trail.

  • San Felipe de Neri Church in Old Town Albuquerque

    The San Felipe de Neri Church is a beautiful, still-functioning piece of New Mexico history.

  • Byway Road and Motorcycle North of Jemez on Jemez Mountain Trail

    A motorcyclist follows the curve of the road through red hillsides and trees.

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  • Byway Road and Motorcycle North of Jemez on Jemez Mountain Trail

    A motorcycle drives on the road under a blue sky with a few white fluffy clouds.

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  • North of San Ysidro on Jemez Mountain Trail

    A clear blue sky creates the perfect driving conditions on the Jemez Mountain Trail.

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  • Looking North on Jemez Mountain Trail

    Two cars driving on the road on a beautiful sunny day, north of San Ysidro.

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  • Bus in Battleship Rock Wayside on Jemez Mountain Trail

    A bus parked in a parking lot just off the road.

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  • Floor Display inside Visitor Center

    An airy open area will greet you inside the Visitor Center, where you can read about the Jemez Mountain Trail and more.

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  • Building in Closeup

    The pueblo architecture and bright mural on the outside of the Walatowa Visitor Center are seen in closeup.

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  • Entrance to Walatowa Visitor Center

    Pueblo-style architecture is enhanced by a long shaded porch before the entrance to the Walatowa Visitor Center on the Jemez Mountain Trail.

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  • Dancers in the Plaza

    Brightly-costumed dancers perform in the plaza before the outside mural at the Walatowa Visitor Center

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  • Walatowa Visitor Center Facility Sign

    This attractive sign of wood and stone beckons visitors to visit this visitor center on the Jemez Mountain Trail.

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  • White Car Waiting

    There is plenty of room for parking at the Walatowa Visitor Center.

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  • Tour Bus and Autos at the Walatowa Visitor Center

    A tour bus fits easily in the vast parking area in front of the Walatowa Visitor Center.

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  • Tour Bus and Autos at the Walatowa Visitor Center

    A tour bus parks near other vehicles in the vast parking area in front of the Walatowa Visitor Center.

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  • Winding Trail Outside Walatowa

    A path winds past fence, parking and desert landscaping toward the Visitor Center.

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  • Desert Landscaping around Visitor Center

    The visitor center in the distance sits amid a desert landscape.

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  • Shady Porch at the Center

    The pueblo porch provides welcome relief from the sun.

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  • Center from the South

    Redrock bluffs surround the Walatowa Visitor Center in this view from the south.

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  • View of Tribal Convenience Store

    You can purchase gas near the Walatowa Visitor Center, as can be seen in this view. In the distance can be seen tall bluffs.

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  • Wall and Wall Art Detail

    A brightly-colored outside mural peeks over the outer wall of the Walatowa Visitor Center.

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  • Entrance to the Walatowa Visitor Center

    Shadows cast coolness over the porch at the entrance to the Visitor Center near Jemez.

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  • Display Panels Inside the Visitor Center

    Tall narrow interpretive panels on a brightly carpeted floor will tell you all about the area.

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  • Scenic Byway Panel inside Visitor Center

    Large pictures illustrate the Jemez Mountain Trail on this tall narrow panel inside the Walatowa Visitor Center.

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  • Jemez Mountain Trail Wall Map

    A map and relief model show the terrain of the Byway inside the Walatowa Visitor Center.

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  • Long View Inside Visitor Center

    This view shows most of the interior of the Walatowa Visitor Center.

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  • Walatowa Visitor Center

    The sun beats down on the Walatowa Visitor Center.

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  • Center Setting in Red Rock

    Colorful desert scenery in blues, reds, greens and purples surrounds the Walatowa Visitor Center.

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  • Closeup of Visitor Center Wall Art

    Early light casts a small shadow on the Walatowa Visitor Center wall art.

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  • Battleship Rock on Jemez Mountain Trail

    A large rock formation on the mountain surrounded by trees resembles a battleship.

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  • Bread Oven By House on Jemez Mountain Trail Byway near San Ysidro

    A dome shaped bread oven sits in the front yard of a small brick home.

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  • Byway Sign at San Ysidro on Jemez Mountain Trail

    Signs point the way to the Jemez State Monument, with a little Jemez Mountain Trail sign nearby.

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  • Campers at Battleship Rock

    Campers set up under green trees in the shadow of Battleship Rock.

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  • Clouds and Trees near Jemez Mountain Trail

    Small leaves speckle the clouds and blue skies.

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  • Gravel Section of New Mexico's Route 126

    The Jemez Mountain Trail turns rustic on this gravel section near Fenton Lake State Park.

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  • Intersection in San Ysidro

    Well-signed intersections help travelers stay on the right path.

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  • An Outdoor Workshop at Valle Grande, NM

    Participants at an outdoor workshop lounge on a grassy area.

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  • Parking Lot at Battleship Rock

    You'll find plenty of parking space to begin your journey at Battleship Rock.

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  • Photographing Spring Flowers on the Jemez Mountain Trail

    Taking photos of spring flowers keeps their beauty all year.

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  • The Road to Cuba, New Mexico

    Trees line this dirt road to Cuba, an area known for its wildlife and views.

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  • Scenic Byway Sign on the Road to Cuba

    A Scenic Byway sign decorates the road to Cuba.

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  • Jemez Mountain Trail Near Valle Grande

    Fall colors highlight the Jemez Mountain Trail.

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  • From Trees to Red Rock on the Jemez Mountain Trail

    The Jemez Mountain Trail takes visitors from trees to red rocks.

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  • Variety of Color on the Jemez Mountain Trail

    Red soil, green foliage, and blue skies provide a variety of color on the New Mexico palette.

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  • Variety of Color on the Jemez Mountain Trail

    Red soil, green foliage, and blue skies provide a variety of color on the New Mexico palette.

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  • Headed to Cuba, New Mexico

    The Jemez Mountain Trail leads to and through the town of Cuba, New Mexico past a prominent sign warning drivers about the terrain ahead.

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  • A Jemez State Monument Marker at Soda Dam

    Fall color blazes in the background of this photo of a marker for the Jemez State Monument at Soda Dam.

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  • Soda Dam Hot Springs

    This road leads up to the Hot Springs at Soda Dam.

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  • Soda Dam Hot Springs

    Soda Dam acts as a natural dam for the Jemez River.

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  • Tour Bus in Valle Grande

    A tour bus stops in Valle Grande.

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  • Shelter at Battleship Rock

    Travelers use a shelter for some shade at Battleship Rock.

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  • Valle Grande Information Sign

    This informative plaque tells the travelers about the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

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  • Valle Grande in May

    Blue sky fills this view, bordered by tall trees.

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  • Valle Grande

    Trees pleasantly inhibit the view of Valle Grande.

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  • Pausing for a Better View of Valle Grande, NM

    A traveler stops by the roadside to get a better view of the magnificent Valle Grande.

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  • Looking West Over Valle Grande

    It's not hard to see why this area is known as Valle Grande.

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  • An Island of Trees in Valle Grande

    An island of trees breaks up the wide expanse of flat land in Valle Grande.

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  • Heading into Valle Grande

    Just around the curve of this road lies the Valle Grande Grassbank.

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  • Watching the River at Battleship Rock

    A visitor watches the river from a fenced bridge off the Jemez Mountain Trail.

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  • Bus on Jemez Mountain Trail

    A large bus drives easily up the mountain on the Jemez Mountain Trail.

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  • Roadsigns on the Jemez Mountain Trail

    Byway and highway roadsigns point the way on Route 4.

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  • Roadsigns on the Jemez Mountain Trail

    Byway and highway roadsigns point the way on Route 4.

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  • Jemez Mountain Trail Byway Roadsign

    A closeup of the byway roadsign shows its mountain logo.

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  • Roadsigns on the Jemez Mountain Trail

    Byway and highway roadsigns point the way on Route 4. This shows the Jemez byway roadsign with a black background.

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  • Roadsigns on the Jemez Mountain Trail

    Byway and highway roadsigns point the way on Route 4. This shows the Jemez byway roadsign with a black background.

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  • Jemez Mountain Trail Byway Roadsign on Black

    This shows the Jemez byway roadsign with a black background.

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  • New Mexico State Byway Roadsign

    A roadsign tells us this is a New Mexico state byway, near the junction of 550-4 in San Ysidro.

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  • Driving in Redrock Country

    A lone car drives past a redrock hill while shadows cross the road ahead.

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  • Battleship Rock Framed by Trees

    The leading edge of Battleship Rock stands out against sky and trees.

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  • Battleship Rock Viewed from the Jemez Mountain Trail

    Battleship Rock rears above the surrounding forest.

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  • Battleship Rock Wayside

    A visitor rests beneath the shadowed face of Battleship Rock.

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  • Jemez River at Battleship Rock

    The Jemez River flows through the forest near Battleship Rock.

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  • Restroom at Battleship Rock Wayside

    The wayside has basic facilities for the comfort of the traveler.

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  • Rock Detail on Battleship Rock

    This rock formation might remind onlookers of the figurehead at the prow of a ship.

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  • Indian Paintbrush at Battleship Rock

    The gentle orange plumes of Indian Paintbrush can be seen in season at Battleship Rock.

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  • Jemez River near the Valle Grande

    The Jemez River near the Valle Grande is green and wet in April.

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  • View of Battleship Rock Wayside

    A bus and several cars stand in the parking lot at the Battleship Rock Wayside.

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  • Jemez Falls Pool at Falls Wayside

    The Jemez River offers this gentle waterfall as an additional sight for those taking a break at the Falls Wayside.

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  • Red Rock View on Road to Valle Grande

    A driver plows through road shadows beneath a rounded redrock mountain.

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  • Winter View North of Jemez Looking North

    Snow dusts this rounded mountain on the Jemez Mountain Trail.

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  • Reflecting at Jemez Falls

    Perch yourself on a boulder at Jemez Falls and enjoy the gentle sound of wind and water.

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  • The Gilman Tunnels

    Created in the 1920s, two tunnels are visable from the roadside that once allowed access to logging trains.

  • The Guadalupe River Gorge on Forest Road 485

    The Guadalupe River rushes through the rocks of the Guadalupe River Gorge.

  • Winter Snows Blanket the Sandia Mountains

    A panoramic view of the Sandia Mountains after a heavy snow storm.

  • A Blend of Mountains, Sky, and Trees

    The Jemez Mountain Trail merges these three elements of nature to provide an overall picture of beauty.

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  • Getting Directions in Albuquerque

    A man points out the right direction for a construction worker in this detail from a group of life-size statues found in Albuquerque.

  • Happy Family Statues in Albuquerque

    A statue of a mother and father chat while holding their child in this detail from a cluster of life-size statues in Albuquerque.

  • Native American Woman and Child Statues in Albuquerque

    A Native American woman smiles and holds her daughter's hand in this detail from a group of life-size statues in Albuquerque.

  • Bronze Businesswoman Statue in Albuquerque

    A businesswoman strides purposefully through the crowd in this detail from a cluster of life-size statues in Albuquerque.

  • Cabezon Peak

    Cabezon Peak rises above the terrain along the Jemez Mountain Trail.

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  • Enjoyable Scenery on the Jemez Mountain Trail

    A visitor relaxes under the shade of a tree at the top of an overlook on the Jemez Mountain Trail in New Mexico.

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