Jemez Falls Trail

EASY 73 reviews
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Jemez Falls Trail is a 0.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Jemez Springs, New Mexico that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
124 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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walking

forest

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waterfall

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wildlife

Easy hike to waterfall from camp ground. Also accessible from the East Fork Trail. Check out the hot springs in Jemez. Not as long of a hike but better springs. This is an easy hike to a beautiful waterfall. The trail is dirt, but there are some exposed rocks; most of these are at the end of the trail. Tall pine trees provide plenty of shady spots. There is a scenic overlook near the end of the trail with a full view of the falls. You can turn around here or continue down to the top of the falls. There is a shallow pond at the top of the falls. Bring your water-shoes and wade in the cool water.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Wonderful outing, can be as adventurous/easy as you make it! Depending on the search option you select from Google Maps, it may lead you down the wrong road. Definitely look for the big dark brown JEMEZ FALLS sign, rather than any other back road. Trail is straightforward, and the more adventurous can roam around and hike above/below the falls to see more of the river. This is hikable in the winter, as well, and the frozen falls can be an amazing site. Road is usually closed in the winter, so park by the highway and go around the gate. Follow that trail for about a mile to the second campground, where the trail head starts (you'll see the railings.)

Great hiking trail to take visiting family/friends on.

hiking
4 months ago

This hike was great, we've never been on such an intricate trail before. First, you follow the GPS coordinates to a road that keeps getting sketchier and sketchier until you have to eventually just get out of your vehicle and walk. Continue to walk until you reach a fence with a gate that you must open. Remember to close it or the cows will get out! Once you reach the end of the road you will meet a guy drinking a Coors Light on a four-wheeler with a couple of ladies riding on the back. He will then give you instructions to hike back up the road, through the gate, and back to your vehicle where you will get in and drive a quarter mile or so down the road to a sign that says "Jemez Falls". Here you will have to park on the side of the road and hurdle the "Road Closed" sign in a single bounding leap. Walk along this road for approximately 1.3 miles, while being careful not to step in dog poop. There is so much dog poop on this road. If you are taking in the views of the pines and beautiful snow covered landscape, you will most likely step in dog poop. At the end of this road you will reach a parking lot with restrooms (that dogs obviously don't use) and a map of the Jemez Falls and McCaulley Springs trails. From here you are not far from the falls. Depending on what kind of adventure you are seeking, you can either follow the marked trail or get completely lost for hours. There may be wet silty mud that feels weird when you step on it and that may freak some people out. The view of the falls from the overlook is absolutely breathtaking. When there is no one around this a great place to make out. For the more daring, you can carefully climb down the mountain side and make your way to the bottom of the falls. There is a small cove to the left of the falls that has "Fenn's Hunters" spray painted on the rock wall. We're pretty sure there is no treasure here, but it is also a totally awesome place to make out. Ascend back to the top like the champion you are and soak in the falls one last time before heading back up the trail to the parking lot. Take Dookie Drive back to the "Road Closed" sign and do a victorious limbo underneath it and back to your vehicle. Be sure to tell all of your friends how awesome it was. Or don’t. Whatever.

walking
4 months ago

Great little walk from the trailhead. I’ve been to this site once before but remember hiking a way along the stream.

hiking
6 months ago

Went Oct. 6. Drove up from Albuquerque along 550 and 4. Route 4 has potential for great fall colors, but the trees are still mostly green with only a little yellow. Trail itself has a good sized parking lot, picnic tables and open-hole toilets (that my daughter refuses to use). We hiked the trail with 4 yr old and 1 yr old-in-backpack. Extremely doable—lots of fun logs to balance on. After viewing the falls from above, go down and to the left, past the fence, to find another smaller fall. There is a visitor center near San Ysidro that has clean, indoor bathrooms.

6 months ago

It was an easy trail for kids!! Still curious to find out how people were able to make it to the base of the falls. I did not see a trail leading down...

nature trips
7 months ago

Beautiful short hike to the falls

8 months ago

hey just wanted to point out that the turnoff coordinates are incorrect and lead to a private residential area. The turnoff is at 35.828399,-106.595902.

8 months ago

The waterfall was beautiful. I couldn’t find away down that was safe for my dog but other than that it was an amazing hike

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Waterfall was frozen when I hiked this trail but still cool!

hiking
Monday, January 15, 2018

Simple hike, but nice view of falls. Doable by most

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Beautiful!

Friday, August 18, 2017

gorgeous!!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

beautiful and a short drive from city.. easy trails plus some harder ones.

hiking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Highly recommend! This hike can be as easy or as hard as you want. We did some rock climbing to get closer to the bigger falls.

hiking
Friday, August 26, 2016

Beautiful, short trail leading to a small waterfall. Very cool geology - ash flow tuff with compressed obsidian

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

Start behind the out house. Much shorter!

hiking
Monday, June 20, 2016

this is quite the beautiful hike, easy paths. be sure to pack water and snacks. wear dirty shoes or water shoes because getting in the water is a must.

hiking
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Nice, easy and peaceful hike to two small falls.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Nice little hike. The falls were lovely even this time of year. I would have enjoyed a trail down to the base of the falls.

camping
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Just got back from our second time at Jemez Falls. Yesterday, we decided to do the hike to the Mccauley Warm Springs. The Hike was very beautiful on the way down but we were very unsure the entire time if we were going the right way. Before the trail starts to descend we ran into the fork going left and straight. There were no signs but we saw a medium sized log blocking the left fork so we took that as a hint to keep going straight, into the descent. We finally made it to the warm springs which was a little confusing to find as well but luckily for the sound of the water, we made it. We jumped into the top spring and were instantly swarmed by tons of minnows. It was the weirdest feeling ever but I loved it. On our way back up the STEEP trail we made it to the fork and made an arrow out of sticks, pointing in the direction of the springs so hopefully that will help people in the future. My question is!! How in the world do you get to the bottom of the Jemez Waterfalls? I've been looking very hard both times we've been there but every spot looks too dangerous to climb down. Any help with that would be appreciated. Thanks!! NOTE: If you take the left fork you are awarded with an AMAZING view of the entire canyon. Definitely worth it and you will find out pretty quick, that it is not the way to the springs.

hiking
Sunday, August 09, 2015

Pretty easy, fairly short, takes about 5-10 minutes to walk. There does seem to multiple ways/trails in the area to get you to the same place, but it is easy to figure where you are going.

hiking
Thursday, August 06, 2015

Easy Hike to water. Kids had fun.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

short hike down to the falls from the Jemez campground. Very little parking so be prepared on a nice summer weekend. There is a different trail that is easy to follow back to the parking lot that starts just upstream of the falls. Took my 5 1/2 and 2 1/2 on the hike and they did fine (2 1/2 ended up in the backpack on the way back up but that's because I didn't want it to take twice as long).

Monday, May 11, 2015

This is a nice overlook of a beautiful waterfall. I wish it was a longer hike. It is also very crowded in the summer.

hiking
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Traveled with my sister and dogs on East Fork Trail, Trail #137. You reach McCauley Hot Springs first, and then head to Jemez Falls. Beautiful trail with great overlooks! The trailhead starts at Battleship Rock. The trail is at an incline. We went this month in March, some snow and muddy conditions, but as long as you are wearing boots, nothing to worry about!

Sunday, July 06, 2014

We enjoyed different falls and hot springs!

Monday, April 07, 2014

Nice hike, busy on summer days

hiking
Saturday, June 22, 2013

Really easy hike. Pretty decent view of the waterfalls.

hiking
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Nice falls. Been here three times. Like all waterfalls, they're best in the early summer when they're running lots of water. Very easy walk, takes very little time. ----------- Only caveat was we got our car broken into the second time (broke a window). Pretty sure someone was waiting up there and watching cars for an opportunity to rob someone. We never saw anything but we were only gone about a half hour. I didn't have anything in the car but they stole in total: a camera, book of cd's, and a bag full of girls shoes. I just mention it so you don't leave anything laying about. :/

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