Why Is the Jemez State Monument So Interesting?

If you love exploring historic sites and learning their significance, you need to visit Albuquerque, New Mexico. This area is overflowing with intriguing places from the past that each has a unique story that has impacted our country. One spot you need to visit while you’re here is the Jemez State Monument just outside Albuquerque. The origins of this spot date all the way back to around the AD 1500s. Take a look at what this attraction has to offer and make plans to stop by today!

Everything You Need to Know About the Jemez State Monument

Location and Hours

This iconic attraction can be found on Route 4 in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. You can visit the Jemez State Monument Wednesday through Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Be aware that they are closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

History of the Jemez State Monument

This area contains the remains of a 500-year-old Indian village, as well as a 17th-century Catholic mission. Take a stroll around this place to take a peek into the lives of the ancient Jemez Indians, an idyllic people that worked hard to hunt and gather food for their families. Massive stone walls and other remarkable architectural wonders are still standing tall here today. There are guides here that can take you on an informational tour of the historic site by route of trails that wind through the area.

Things to Do at the Jemez State Monument

In addition to observing the fascinating historic ruins of the Jemez State Monument, there are a variety of other activities to enjoy in this area. Just a few miles away is Jemez Falls, which is truly a spectacular sight to see in New Mexico. A towering, 70-foot drop, this is one spot you won’t want to skip during your adventure around Albuquerque. You can also choose to hike Battleship Rock, an astounding natural feature that was the product of a volcanic eruption that occurred millions of years ago. If you want to relax after an exciting day of exploring, Spence Hot Springs is also located closeby so you can soak your tired muscles!

Where to Stay During Your Adventure in New Mexico

Albuquerque is rich in history and culture; you’ll find a myriad of things to do waiting for you in this amazing destination. Make your stay in this wonderful city even more memorable by treating yourself to a stay in some comfortable and convenient accommodations. The Bottger Mansion of Old Town is a historic bed and breakfast in Albuquerque offering lovely rooms, outstanding amenities, and friendly hospitality. Explore the many attractions of Albuquerque or simply relax in the peace and quiet of our cozy inn and all its excellent qualities. Our beautiful oasis of New Mexico is waiting for you, so check our availability and book your stay today!

To learn more about the many things to do in Albuquerque, such as visiting more historic sites like the Jemez State Monument, download our free Vacation Guide!

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