New Mexico Bucket List – J ~ Blogging Through the Alphabet

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Tackling J was fairly easy since my mom and dad helped me make up the list.

Jemez Springs

Jemez Springs is about a hour north of Albuquerque and is home to natural hot springs that contain something like 17 different minerals. The small city of Jemez Springs has a rich history that dates back hundreds and hundreds of years. They trace their ancestral roots to migrating peoples who eventually settled down into pueblos, some of which are estimated to have housed 30,000 people.

The historic site includes ruins and walls that originally encased the hot springs. There is a visitor center and an interpretive trail.

The Spanish came to the area in the 1500s and established missions. After a while, more and more people came to the area. In the 1800s, the area became a large tourist destination. The possibilities were realized after one of the springs erupted into a geyser. And the rest, as they say, is history.

There are many buildings in the town over 100 years old, many still in use, though likely repurposed from their original intent. There are restaurants, inns, spas, and more.

The hot springs are fed by the heat from the Valles Caldera, a national park in the valley that is one of the world’s super volcanos. (Look for more information on Valles Caldera when we get to V.) There are underground springs in other places around the area, located on public lands that you can visit, as well.

Jemez Mountain Trail

There is a two-lane road that runs around northern NM that has a pace all its own. The Jemez Mountain Trail run through the mountains and takes you by several interesting places. Bandalier National Monument is one of those places and you can click the name to head back to the New Mexico Bucket List post on our visit there. Along the way you will also visit volcanos, missions, see animals, and visit historic places, including Red Rock State Park. Lots to see on this trail that is a nice little day trip from Santa Fe or Albuquerque or Los Alamos.

There are a couple of other Js that I could include by I think jewelry will be better covered under the letter T, with turquoise. That will be a fun one, don’t you think?

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Lori, At Home.

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8 thoughts on “New Mexico Bucket List – J ~ Blogging Through the Alphabet

  1. Kristen May 1, 2019 at 8:15 pm Reply

    I am learning so much about places I might not get a chance to visit through your series – thank you for sharing!

    • 3gigglygirlsathome May 2, 2019 at 8:48 am Reply

      You are welcome. Sometimes virtual visits are the only way so I am glad I can help you out. 🙂

  2. Annette Vellenga (@athomepets) May 7, 2019 at 10:22 pm Reply

    oh… another interesting place to visit. 🙂 this is such fun!

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  4. Desiree W. June 16, 2021 at 11:15 am Reply

    I’ve only been to one natural hot springs close to me and it’s pretty neat to visit. I could only imagine how cool some of the things in this area are! Thanks for sharing!

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