Jemez Historic Site

Jemez Historic Site, Jemez Springs: Hours, Address, Jemez Historic Site Reviews: 4.5/5

Jemez Historic Site
4.5
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Monuments & Statues
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
A short drive from Albuquerque and Bernalillo, the Jemez National Historic Landmark is one of the most beautiful prehistoric and historic sites in the Southwest. It includes the stone ruins of a 700 year old village and the San José de los Jemez church dating to 1621. The village of Giusewa was built in the narrow San Diego Canyon by the ancestors of the present-day people of Jemez Pueblo. The visitor center contains exhibitions that tell the story of the site through the words of the Jemez people. A 1,400-foot interpretive trail winds through the impressive site ruins.
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1-2 hours
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M J
Austin, TX7,731 contributions
Just ok.
Jul 2021
My husband and I went to the Jemez Historic Site on a Friday afternoon. We arrived at about 3 pm and it was really hot outside. Inside the small visitor center, there was a very small museum and they are showing a site movie. We did not stay for the movie because we did not want to remain inside a building with Covid-19 around. It took us about 20 minutes to self-guide through the historic native American pueblo and a Spanish mission. I have seen much better historical pueblos and Spanish missions but this one was ok. There was plenty of parking available. Only one other couple was visiting during our self-tour.
Look at the opposite side of Hwy NM-4, there were some tent rock formations. The girl taking the admission fees was not friendly. The cost was $7 for people over 16 years old and free for 16 and under.
Written 4 August 2021
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travelady56
Alamogordo, NM97 contributions
Call ahead.
Jun 2021
Everything I read that gave the open days and hours are not correct. I drove up there from White Rock. Although the gate was open, the person in charge said it was closed, told me I had to leave, and closed the gate behind me. This was on Wednesday 6/2. Very disappointing.
Written 2 June 2021
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EconMom
Jacksonville, FL323 contributions
History Stop
Mar 2021
Very short little walk around but the ruins are interesting, especially the church. Nice stop to learn the history of the area.
Written 4 May 2021
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Pam
28 contributions
Great visit
Apr 2021 • Couples
Really had a terrific time touring the site. A must see for history buffs including families with children. Small site with no crowds at all.
Written 27 April 2021
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Paul N
Hastings135 contributions
local history
Oct 2020 • Couples
small admission fee, bisit the museum...walk through history and tske pictures...plan on about an hour to soak it all in...
Written 17 October 2020
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Travel the World and Eat
Jemez Springs, NM125 contributions
Great stop when time is short.
Sep 2019
This place was a lot of fun. My kids loved the site and they have great information. The ruins are in great shape and the church is amazing. Great stop and it really only takes and hour of your time.
Written 8 July 2020
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SisuTravelor
Skanee, MI52 contributions
This pueblo site and museum is well worth the time and the small entrance fee.
Mar 2020
A visit at pueblo site and museum is well worth the time and the small entrance fee. The museum does a fine job of educating visitors about the indigenous people who lived in the Jemez canyon at this pueblo ... both prior to and after the arrival of the Spaniards.
Written 22 March 2020
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njtraveller13
NJ136 contributions
Southwest Journey
Dec 2019
this was a nice drive during the afternoon up the mountain to have a special evening of Lights Among the Ruins where you could tour the area in the evening as there was luminieres on the grounds. It was well maintained and ws a siight to behold into the past.
Written 27 December 2019
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K G
Essex, MA105 contributions
If you're in the Jemez Springs area, stop here!
Oct 2019
A very well maintained historic site with good descriptions of the stopping points along the way. We spend 45 minutes here and were glad we did.
Written 4 November 2019
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Marie5466
Guanajuato Municipality, Mexico1,001 contributions
A special church within a natural cathedral
Oct 2019
Tip 1: Visit this site along with the Coronado site in Albuquerque for a bargain price of $7 for both places (instead of $5/each) if you go the same or following day (deal only good for two consecutive days).

Tip 2: Make sure you check the schedule; they are not open every day of the week…

First, a very small museum with a couple of videos explaining the history. You can follow that with a comprehensive and easy self-guided tour. Sadly, however when there is no-one watching people do what they aren’t supposed to. While we were there, several children were crawling and running all over the old walls (there are plenty of signs asking not to) and their parents didn’t say anything to them. What does that teach these kids? It’s ok to destroy history. Sad to witness ‘teaching’ such disregard for relics, ancestry, antiquity.

The place is beautiful and thankfully not very busy so you can easily manage to take pictures without associated crowd in the way.

The drive alone is worth the trip so enjoy the scenery; the San Diego Canyon is quite beautiful.

Not sure what is more impressive, the size of the church’s walls or the scenery surrounding the church? The surrounding itself feels a bit like a cathedral. For me it was more about getting a sense for the place than getting a feel for the historical accuracy of what each part of the site represented. I can see why they chose this amazing location.

I would love for the museum to show what they think the church looked like when it was complete and still standing. Nice to imagine what it could’ve been like.
Written 12 October 2019
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