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New Mexico Rivers - Jemez Springs

Fishing New Mexico's Jemez River
The Jemez River is a small trout stream that flows south out of the Jemez Mountains along S.R. 4. The Jemez is a popular stream and it does see a lot of pressure. It offers good public access fishing along most its full length. The Jemez waters are frequently stocked with catch-able rainbows. Some tributaries that feed the Jemez have a good population of brownJemez Falls, a few miles above Jemez Springs... trout. These tributaries include the East Fork, the Guadalupe River, and the Cebolla River. Besides decent fishing, the red-walled canyon that parallels provides a scenic back drop. To find a variety of information about all of the streams in the Jemez Mountains, pick up a Santa Fe National Forest map from the Forest Service.

Tackle & Gear:

For most fishing on the smaller rivers, an eight foot, two or three-weight rod is a good choice. Some tributaries a four to six-weight system would be good choice, keeping in mind that there are some good sized browns.  Good insulated waders are advisable through June.

Directions: Jemez streams and Fenton Lake are accessible via N.M. 44 northwest out of Bernalillo, then N.M. 4 north out of San Ysidro.

Points of Interest:

Jemez State Monument- Giusewa "place of the boiling waters". Learn about the pueblo revolt against the Spanish, a magnificently preserved ancient ruin of the Towa people and 17th century Spanish mission church.

Battleship Rock- juts from the mountain like the prow of a ship. Park here for the short hike to McCauley Hot Springs 6 miles north of Jemez Springs on Hwy 4.

Jemez Pueblo - Jemez's main village, Walatowa, is open to visitors only during feast days. Otherwise, the pueblo is closed to the public year-round. Visitors are always welcome to browse the Walatowa Visitor Center, on Hwy 4, which features a reconstructed traditional Jemez field house, photo exhibit, gift shop, cultural exhibits, a nature walk and an interpretive program.

Tour the Jemez Red Rocks Recreation Area and sample Indian foods, arts and crafts. A visit to the ancestral village of Giusewa, at Jemez State Monument on N.M. 4, is another interesting option. Photography, sketching or recording are prohibited at the pueblo but encouraged at Red Rocks. For more information you can contact the Pueblo at (505) 834-7235

Ponderosa Valley Vineyards & Winery, uniquely New Mexican in design. Located in the scenic Ponderosa Valley on the southern slope of the Jemez mountains, that specializes in estate bottled wines. The vineyards, were planted in 1978, and have consistently produced award-wining Riesling wines. The winery is nestled in the vineyards, where tours, tasting and sales are available. The winery has a gracious porch overlooking the vineyards and valley so customers can enjoy wine sampling. Picnics are encouraged. Tasting groups and catering welcome by appointment.


Soda Dam- the Jemez River pours through a natural hole in the rock, providing a wonderful view.


San Antonito Campgrounds: Open from Mid May to Med September

Located nine miles north of Jemez Springs, New Mexico, along the Rio San Antonio River. Campground is located in the tall pines. Restrooms are provided. Trout fishing is a popular activity.  All sites have paved blacktop pads and can accommodate tents.

Getting There: From Jemez Springs, New Mexico, travel 9 miles north on New Mexico Road 4. Take New Mexico Road 126 for 2 miles to campground.

Redondo Campgrounds: Open from Mid May to Med September

Located eleven miles north of Jemez Springs, New Mexico, Some first come, first serve sites may be available. Firewood may be available for sale at campground..

Getting There: From Jemez Falls, New Mexico, travel northeast for 11 miles on New Mexico Road 4.


Jemez Springs Weather

About Jemez Springs: Jemez Springs is nestled in a beautiful, tree shaded valley. The rustic town has  restaurants, lodging, seasonal arts & craft fairs, public bath house, as well as several galleries.


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