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Jemez Historic Site, Jemez Springs

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The Jemez Historic Site (formerly Jemez State Monument) is a state-operated historic site on New Mexico State Road 4 in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. The site preserves the archaeological remains of the 16th-century Native American Gíusewa Pueblo and the 17th-century Spanish colonial mission called San José de los Jémez. The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, and in 2012 it was designated as a National Historic Landmark. It is considered an ancestral site of the Jémez Pueblo people who live nearby.
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  • We thoroughly enjoyed our stop here while exploring the area. We started in the little visitor center that had an informative short video about the history of the area. We then took the self guided... 
    We thoroughly enjoyed our stop here while exploring the area. We started in the little visitor center that had an informative short video about the history of the area. We then took the self guided...  more »
  • This was a very interesting visit to the early Spanish Mission site. It took us about 30-45 minutes to walk around, but we learned a lot from the notices posted around the site and the museum. Well... 
    This was a very interesting visit to the early Spanish Mission site. It took us about 30-45 minutes to walk around, but we learned a lot from the notices posted around the site and the museum. Well...  more »
  • Stumbled upon this by chance while taking a scenic drive to Albuquerque along NM4 and what a lovely stop. It was the perfect length - not too long and gave us a chance to stretch our legs and follow....  more
    Stumbled upon this by chance while taking a scenic drive to Albuquerque along NM4 and what a lovely stop. It was the perfect length - not too long and gave us a chance to stretch our legs and follow....  more »
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  • We took a drive in the area while camping near Santa Fe. It was unknown to us but we stopped in. The display in the museum was enlightening about the story of the Jemez people and their interactions with the Spanish. The inlaid floor is a work of art. The walk through the historic site was smooth and informative. The brochure and plaques had similar information but added a great deal to my understanding. The remaining structures are so old but it's ready to imagine life here in the 1600's. The entry fee was very reasonable.
  • A great place to stop and visit. The snow added another layer of coolness. The people working there were very nice and courteous. Definitely stop by if you’re in Jemez.
  • Went yesterday, Sunday. We got there early and for a while we were the only visitors. Very beautiful, serene place to photograph or just listen to the wind.
  • I'm giving this place 3 stars because of the way we were treated. This historic site was really neat and I really enjoy ruins. I loved especially how we were able to get up close and personal with the ruins. I've never been somewhere that allows guests to venture out and go into the exhibits. However, the staff is a different story. We prepaid for our tickets per the instructions on the website. Upon our arrival the receptionist was not friendly or enthusiastic about having customers. The machine didn't work correctly to scan our mobile receipts. When asking if they had a restroom, she thought for a moment and then told us we could use the port-a-potty outside. We didn't. She then told us there was a video we could watch and then finally that there was a paper map/brochure guide that could be PURCHASED for a donation. We paid $7/each to visit. Why not make the tickets $8/each and include the paper guide if it's that big of a deal that you have to charge more for them? The alternate option was to use a QR code and use our phones as the guide. We went with that option.
  • My favorite part about this site was the video playing in the museum. The commentary was in Towa (Jemez language) with English subtitles. I'm an avid linguistics fan and was thrilled to hear Towa spoken for the first time!

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