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Jemez Falls

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Easy hike to waterfall
Near:Jemez Springs, NM
Distance:1 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:200 ft
Hike Time:1 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: This is an easy hike to a beautiful waterfall. The trail is dirt, but there are some exposed rocks; most of these are at the end of the trail. Tall pine trees provide plenty of shady spots. There is a scenic overlook near the end of the trail with a full view of the falls. You can turn around here or continue down to the top of the falls. There is a shallow pond at the top of the falls. Bring your water-shoes and wade in the cool water.
Trailhead: Turn off of Hwy 4 at 35.81522N 106.58438W (wpt: JEMEZ TURN)
Follow the road past the campsites to the free parking area.
The Trailhead is at 35.81598N 106.60672W (wpt: JEMEZ FALL)
Follow the trail to the end of the fence and turn left. Follow the trail downhill past the turnoff to trail 137. (Lat:35.81598 Lon:-106.60672)

Trail Guides for Jemez Falls:
Best Seasons: Summer,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: US Forest Service, Jemez Ranger District 505-829-3535
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Larry Hazeltine. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by Cal on 9/2/2014
I need directions on how to find this trail. We are coming from Rio Rancho, NM. We followed the coordinated and still could not find this trail.

Reviewed by John E. on 10/21/2012
Took almost 2 hours to get to the spring and about 45 min to come back down. The distance is at least 2 miles maybe more (one way). You will break a sweat and be fairly worn out after, but It's great hike with wonderful scenery and you get a rewarded at that top when you jump in warm springs!

Reviewed by Kim on 10/8/2007
This is where I would die if I could chose. I took my son there for his 11th birthday. We currently live in Fort Worth, TX, and last August, there were over 100 days of temperatures over 100 degrees. When we got there, the mornings started at about 50 degrees, and every afternoon, it never got above 75. This was our third hike of our trip. My son and I took some awesome pictures, and if you have not gone yet, be sure to smell the great tall trees, they smell of vanilla, and if you are lucky, you will see purple and red flowers growing out of the rocks right at the first site by the falls!!!

Reviewed by Angela on 7/5/2007
This was a perfect hike for my 3 and 4 year olds. The falls were beautiful and my kids were able to wade in shallow water while their older cousins went to the deeper end near the falls.

Reviewed by Kay on 7/4/2007
We are senior citizens and we loved it. It is an easy hike, and well worth the effort. We had hiked it twice in the last month, and plan to hike it many more times.

Reviewed by Sharon on 7/7/2005
June 2005-Everything that was promissed and more! We took some really good pictures. The weather can change quickly, though, you are up on the remnants of a volcano. Blue sky turned to small hail, but we still had a great hike!

Notice: Traveling in the backcountry can be hazardous. You are responsible for informing yourself about these hazards and taking necessary precautions. Information on this web site comes from volunteer reporters and may contain errors or omissions. A current guidebook and proper equipment are essential for safe enjoyment of the hikes posted on this site.
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