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Cerro La Jara Loop Trail is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Jemez Springs, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 2.9 mi Elevation gain 108 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Cross country skiing

Hiking

Nature trips

Skiing

Snowshoeing

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Getting There

The summer hours are 8 AM - 8 PM daily, Telephone number is now 575-829-4100

NOTE: It has been reported that the road to the trailhead is currently closed due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. Note that there is now an entry fee of $20 per vehicle but all activities in the preserve are free after that.

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Suzannah Wood
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HikingFeeNo shade

Pretty views good for kids

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Mel Sheldahl
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Hiking

A very nice trail! We went on 4/24. NPS fees were waived, but the main road to get to the trail was closed. That added an extra 2 miles each way, but even the road was a beautiful walk. The trail is very short- if the road was open and we only did the trail, we would've planned to do another small trail in the area.

John Erickson
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Christina A.
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Hiking

Loved this trail in the snow today! My husband, dog, and I headed out from Albuquerque for a snowy New Year's Day adventure. The loop begins right by the visitor's center. After talking with a ranger, we opted to do it with just our hiking boots - no snowshoes. That was a good decision, as the snow is very well packed. I can't imagine snowshoes being necessary or even helpful until the next significant snowfall. This distance assumes you go around the loop twice; it's close to a 1.5 mile loop. We started around 9:30 AM and were the first people out. Many more people were arriving by the time we finished. The scenery is so pretty with the snow. Definitely recommended!

Alyssa Montoya
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Hiking

Great trail. Easy and quick. The Visitor’s Center has an informative guide you can take with you.

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Chrissy O'Neill
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HikingNo shade

An easy, flat trail that gives you some great views of the caldera. Just watch out for prairie dog holes & the prairie dogs themselves (who are cute, but a sign warned that they carry the bubonic plague!)

Jesse Thompson
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Hiking

Nice easy loop with beautiful views and wildlife. Park entrance fee is currently waived.

Joseph Wade
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HikingNo shade

Beautiful hike. It was a little short, so I recommend planning another hike somewhere nearby in the preserve. Very far views with mountains, and beautiful open fields of grass. Seeing the rain coming in over the mountains in the distance was gorgeous! Definitely one of the greenest places in New Mexico.

Elsa Finnegan
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HikingNo shade

My husband (who grew up locally) and I have wanted to hike in the caldera for years, but it wasn't really possible until the recent opening of the national reserve. We had a short time and three kids along on this visit, so La Jara trail was a delightful hike for all of us. The trail is flat and has no shade. The only hazards on the trail are the prairie dog holes and a few places that could be muddy at damp times of year. The trail is mainly a single-file width of matted grass between trail markers. Even if you somehow lost the trail, continuing to circle Cerro la Jara will soon bring you back in sight of the ranger station. There's a picnic table at the farthest point of the loop. La Jara gives a good overview of the area, with the prairie on one side and the wooded mountain terrain on the other. We saw a variety of wildflowers including wild irises, dozens of prairie dogs, eagles, hawks, turkey vultures, a coyote, and elk (sighted by binoculars). There were elk dung and footprints, prairie dog pellets, and coyote droppings. The kids also got their junior ranger patches at the station after completing a short scavenger hunt/interpretive activities.

Charles Vadovic
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Easy walk in late September. Made amazing by elk in rut in nearby forest. The bugling was loud and continuous.

Kelsey Woolf
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Hiking

beautiful little trail. super flat and easy so if you have some older folks or kids it would be very easy for them to do!

NATHAN KALLENBERGER
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Hiking

Very easy, yet very enjoyable hike. The trail itself consists of mainly just matted grass and is very well marked. The only thing to really watch out for is gopher holes as they can be quite large and deep. Other than that, it was a nice hike and you really can't ask for better views. Ranger Station was well staffed and there were several souvenirs available for purchase. Keep in mind that dogs are allowed on this trail, however they are not in any other trail located near the Ranger Station. Dogs are allowed on two others trails that reside just past the main park entrance on Highway 4.

Valerie S.
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Hiking

Easy and pleasant hike. We enjoyed seeing the Valles Grande from this viewpoint.

Eugene Szymanski
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Total length around the dome is about a mile. Very easy walking on matted grasses.

Bianca P.
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Hiking
Jeremy Zimmerman
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Hiking

Pleasant and flat, good during cool times of the year, all uncovered. Chance for wildlife.

Doug Neidholdt
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Hiking

Newly developed site. Trail was just a walk around a small hill. I suspect the site will see improvements over time

Susan Mortimer
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Hiking

Impressive. Two herd of elk in the distance. A brief heavy rain brought the temp down a little.

I.m. P.
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Hiking

Did Bandalier earlier in the day and got there too late in the day to do a longer trail....ended up doing the Jara trail, closest to the staging area. The trail essentially just goes around Cerro la Jara. Short but definitely worthwhile as you definitely take in the Caldera's lowland terrain.

Michelle Urban
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Angela Coletta
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Robert Riley
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Shelly Manjarrez
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Peter Kowalczyk
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Sean Mathiesen
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Zimu Zhou
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Zimu Zhou
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Robert Hewins
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