Jemez Falls (Nm) Picnic Area

Jemez Springs, New Mexico

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Overview

Jemez Falls Picnic Area is great place to spend the day, especially when planning a day hike to nearby Jemez Falls on the Jemez District of the Santa Fe National Forest. The lands are known for immense cultural heritage of the Jemez people, as well as a therapeutic natural warm springs.

Recreation

A trailhead to Jemez Falls is located within the day-use area. It leads to both Jemez Falls and McCauley Warm Springs. Visitors also enjoy fishing the Jemez River, a small trout stream stocked with catchable rainbow trout.

Facilities

The accessible picnic area is equipped with a shelter, tables and large grills. Accessible vault toilets and trash collection are provided. The site can accommodate up to 100 people. A large parking area is on-site.

Drinking water is not provided in the day-use area, but is available at nearby campgrounds and facilities, including Battleship Rock, Vista Linda and the Jemez Ranger Station.

Natural Features

The picnic area is situated in a forested area at an elevation of 7,880 feet. Nearby Jemez Falls cascades 70 feet over a rocky cliff surrounded by boulders and pines.

Nearby Attractions

The picnic area is located 15 miles northeast of Jemez Springs, New Mexico.

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Adventures Nearby

  • Hike to McCauley Hot Springs

    Turn right off of the 4 onto Camp Shaver Ln. This takes you to a parking area with a sign for Battleship Rock Campsite. This is where the trail begins. It will take you to hot springs and Jemez falls. Dog-friendly trail, accessible year round. 

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  • Dip into Spence Hot Springs

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