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Jemez Springs is a hidden gem in New Mexico. It is about 70 miles west of Santa Fe. It is located next to the Jemez Pueblo in the Jemez National Recreation Area which is part of the Santa Fe National Forest. There are hot springs up and down the valley and various establishments that offer relaxing soaks in the hot springs. It is difficult to get to and has very little cell reception (IMHO those are selling points).
The Jemez Valley offers red rock trails without having to go to Sedona. The local pueblo sells all sorts of items that really are from the surrounding pueblos.
Just a short trip up the valley you have the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Then a not so short trip (but still picturesque) further up and you get to Los Alamos.
The Cerro Grande Trail leads to an overlook from which you can see Los Alamos as well the nearby caldera. This is the caldera from the peak.
This is overlooking the Jemez Valley.
It was so quite that you could hear the chipmunk eating that blade of grass.
This is the mural on the pueblo’s visitor center. I was just recently unveiled. The hummingbird appears in a lot of their art work. I really love these renditions.
This is the Rio Grande that passes by the Gillman Tunnel. You can drive the tunnel but you really miss out on the views of the river as well as exploring the area.
Across from the Jemez Pueblo Visitor Center is this absolute beauty of a hike. The Walatowa Red Rock Slot Canyon. Even doing the inner loop the entire distance is about 1.5 miles. I’ve hiked in Sedona. This is just as picturesque but without the crowds and toxic commercialism.
This is what the view from the Inn & Spa we stayed at. Around the corner from the pool in the courtyard was a spring that bubbled out of the ground and into the nearby creek.
I have picture of that but this makes the 10th image.