Jemez Mountain Trail
Department of Transportation.
Jemez Mountain Trail takes you through time and past amazing geological formations, ancient Indian ruins, and an Indian pueblo. The area is rich in logging, mining, and ranching heritage. Sites include Jemez State Monument, Bandelier National Monument, Soda Dam, Cabezon, Battleship Rock, and the Spence and Jemez Mountain Hot Springs.
Getting to the Byway:
- The byway can be easily accessed by taking I-25 from
Albuquerque to Bernalillo.
- At Exit 242, take US-550 (the old NM-44) west to San Ysidro
where the byway begins. Take Highway 4 to Jemez Springs, or NM-44
Los Alamos, NM
- You can access the byway from Espanola by driving south on
NM-30 to 502/3 and thence to NM-4 at White Rock.
Santa Fe, NM
- The byway can also be accessed from Los Alamos by taking NM-4
through White Rock.
- The byway begins in San Ysidro and follows NM-44 to Cuba.
- In Cuba, get on NM-126 and go to La Cueva, whereupon you enter
NM-4 and follow it to San Ysidro and on to Sandoval City Line/Los
Navigating the Byway:
Los Alamos to La Cueva
- Drive north from Santa Fe on NM-84. to the exit at Poguaque
Pueblo and then up the hill toward Los Alamos on NM 502/3.
La Cueva to Cuba
- Start in Los Alamos and go west on NM-4 to La Cueva.
- Here the byway branches, going north and south.
La Cueva to Cuba via San Ysidro, NM
- Take NM-126 west out of La Cueva until the pavement ends.
- If weather permits, the road is open and your vehicle can manage it, you can continue on NM-126 through the Santa Fe National Forest about 10 miles until the pavement resumes.
- Continue on NM-126 to Cuba.
- Take NM-4 south from La Cueva to San Ysidro.
- Take US-550 west and then north along the Rio Puerco to Cuba.