The Jémez Mountain National Scenic Byway connects living ancient cultures, spectacular scenery and outdoor recreation. A day trip through the Jémez Mountains takes you into a reality where red cliffs, rule the landscape, where mesas with multi-colored layers frame the horizon and sheer cliffs cut into the blue sky. This is land with a legacy where sacred traditions still preserve a tribal way of life.
Puye Cliff Dwellings
Experience one of northern New Mexico’s most awe-inspiring cultural attractions featuring cliff & cave dwellings, early Pueblo architecture, stunning panorama of the valley.
This is among the largest of the prehistoric Indian settlements on the Pajarito Plateau, showing a variety of architectural forms and building techniques, located on the Santa Clara Indian Reservation.
A magnificent natural dam formed in the Jemez River.
Approximately 60 interactive exhibits trace the history of the WWII Manhattan Project, highlight the Laboratory's current and historic research
projects related to defense and technology, and focus on Laboratory research related to national and international economic, environmental,
political, and social concerns.
Soda Dam where water from underground hot springs has flowed for centuries.
The buildup of mineral deposits has formed a unique and spectacular natural dam that blocks the Jemez River. It is one of the most photographed spots on the Trail.
is a spectacular basalt rock cliff at the confluence of the Jemez River and the East Fork of the Jemez River.
Battleship Rock rises nearly 200 feet, creating an impressive rock formation, It resembles Navy warship, therefore its name.
The Nation's Newest National Preserve
About 1.25 million years ago, a spectacular volcanic eruption created the 13-mile wide circular depression now known as the Valles Caldera. The preserve is known for its huge mountain meadows, abundant wildlife, and meandering streams. The area also preserves the homeland of ancestral native peoples and embraces a rich ranching history.
Aspen Ridge Alpacas
Experience the Enchantment of Alpacas.
Jémez Springs, Jémez State Monument
The pueblo was first built in the AD 1500s by ancestors of the modern residents of Jemez Pueblo. The Jemez people lived a typical Southwestern lifestyle for that time. They raised corn, beans and squash in Jemez Canyon along the Jemez River and also up on the nearby mesas. They hunted deer, rabbits, elk, and other game from the forests. They had plenty of water from the Jemez River, and hot springs nearby.
Bandelier National Monument
Bandelier protects over 33,000 acres of rugged but beautiful canyon and mesa country as well as evidence of a human presence here going back over 11,000 years. Petroglyphs, dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs, and standing masonry walls pay tribute to the early days of a culture that still survives in the surrounding communities.
The village of Ponderosa dates from a 1760 land grant deeded to Spanish soldiers as an incentive to relocate into this area to protect the local Jemez Indians from marauding Navajos and Utes.
The first grape vines were planted in the Ponderosa Valley in the early 1880's by villagers who were seasonal employees of the large vineyards and wineries in the villages of Corrales and Bernallillo located in the Rio Grande valley north of present day Albuquerque.
Wine and brandy production soon followed and contiued until the 1920's. Then, due to the physical isolation of this valley, (and if oral history is correct,) wine making and brandy production assumed a more important stature during prohibition. The old style wine making and brandy production continued until after WWII. Remnants of these old vineyards still exist in the valley today.
Los Alamos History Museum
Nestled in the heart of downtown, the Los Alamos History Museum presents the stories of Los Alamos from multiple perspectives via indoor and outdoor venues, historic buildings, artifacts, documents, photographs, audio and video recordings of personal stories, and interactive visitor experiences.
Built as an infirmary in 1918 and later used as the guest cottage for Los Alamos Ranch School, the museum is in the oldest continually occupied structure in town. During the Manhattan Project (1943 to 1947), the cottage continued to serve as guest quarters, notably for General Leslie R. Groves, commander of the Manhattan Engineer District, whose office and residence were in Washington, D.C.
Pajarito Mountain Ski Area
Pajarito Mountain is where performance skiers and snowboarders come for breathtaking views, great skiing, miles of runs and a laid back atmosphere.
Pajarito hosts a ski school, café, and rental facility and a large volunteer ski patrol. Pajarito Mountain is home to an extensive mountain biking trail system, including our renowned corkscrew run tucked away in the trees all served by lift during the summer and early fall. We also consistently host New Mexico Brew Fests with live music throughout the summer.
National Geographic named Pajarito one of their "Best Secret Ski Towns". For years, Los Alamos was shrouded in secrecy during the Manhattan Project, and the town's ski area was also considered somewhat hush-hush. We're looking forward to making this unique ski area more well known while also preserving and celebrating the rich history behind it.
Los Alamos County Ice Rink
Built in 1936, the ice rink is the only refrigerated, NHL regulation, outdoor ice rink in New Mexico. Tucked against the canyon with a backdrop of pine trees, the ice rink offers public skating, hockey, and skating lessons from November through February. Whether it is stunning winter skies dotted with fluffy white clouds, or night skies filled with twinkling stars the ice rink is where you and your family can enjoy an unforgettable skating experience.