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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 walking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 0.7 mi Elevation gain 124 ft Route type Out & Back

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Please note that this trail is currently closed due to COVID 19. 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.

US Forest Service, Jemez Ranger District 505-829-3535

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Whitney Peters
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Hiking

Simple trail, nicely manicured The falls are pretty small and it’s not the best view but it’s easy.

Cheryl Ri
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Hiking

Popular area that's too crowded and has become trashed... broken glass, human feces and dirty diapers. Lots of people trying to get to the base when there's no trail and resulting in a rescue from the fire department to get them out. Parking is minimal and people trying to save spots for others by putting their campchairs in them.

Vanessa Jaramillo
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Hiking

Nice and easy walk to the falls but, PEOPLE NEED TO PICK UP THEIR TRASH! Such a beautiful place to be littered with beer bottles and plastic everywhere. Get there early cause it will get packed after 11am.

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Reuben Murray
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Hiking

This is more of a stroll than a hike, but the falls at the end are the reason to take the effort. At the very end, you have to pick your way through some larger rocks/small boulders to get to the actual overlook. And if you like, you can scramble down a little further and get to the Jemez River, just before the point where it drops off. That's VERY pretty. This is a very popular trail, because it's easy and because the payoff is pretty top-notch. Worth doing, but if you're looking for a workout, this is not likely to fit the bill.

Jacob Snow
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Hiking

nice spot. a lot of people just on top of you. advise going earlier morning to beat the crowd.

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Hannah Mackey
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HikingRockyScramble

It’s been about a year since doing this hike, and we ended up traversing a variation of the path shown. There was plenty of rock scrambling off trail to enjoy the bottom of the falls, and when we went on a summer Sunday afternoon, the falls were not crowded at all (at the time).

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Hiking

Disappointing. The area is beautiful but it is OVERRUN with people. The parking lot was full and people were camped out for the entire day. No one wearing masks. Trash everywhere. Very poorly regulated. Would not recommend right now.

Hattie Brown
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Rose Trujillo
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Hiking

Easy trail to the falls. Some scrambling if you go off the trail. Beautiful views. Water is cold. Came early. We were the only ones until about 11:00.

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Chloe Collins
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Gloria Thompson
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Hiking

Nice hike! Couldn’t safely get to base of the main waterfall but great pics and easy access to second falls.

Steve Miller
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Hiking

Hiked this in the fall of 2018 before camping at the Jemez Falls Campground. Scenic trail and nice waterfall. But there were inconsiderate people playing loud music and a lot of trash that spoiled the natural atmosphere. Loud and obnoxious campers that evening too. The camp host tried to quiet them down but they just ridiculed him and kept partying and yelling. A deputy sheriff finally drove through and they quieted down briefly. When they started up again I yelled "shut up," to the cheers of other campers, and they finally quieted down. Won't camp there again if people just want to party and not enjoy nature at it's finest.

Krys Jara
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Hiking

easy quick hike. falls is super full!

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Elizabeth D
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Hiking

A nice short trail-easy for kids. If coming from Santa Fe it’s a decent drive, so make it worth your while and maybe check out the hot springs nearby

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Emily Lynch
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East Fork Trailhead is closed until mid December but you can access the trail across the road. The bridge over the stream is gone but there are a few rocks you can use to cross. It’s a nice entry into Jemez Falls and Macaulay Springs.

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K F.
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HikingRocky

Great views through the entirety of the hike.

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Jean Pellish
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Hiking

Nice short hike. Very pretty falls. Slight rock scramble if you want different views of the falls. Really enjoyed it.

Matthew M.
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Jen Bantel
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Hiking

It was fine. A nice short walk. Very busy so can be hard to get pics. No sure how to get down to the bottom of the falls.

Knate Myers
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Hiking

Beautiful, easy hike to overlook. There’s another fall just to the north of the overlook that’s easily accessible. I found the best way to reach the bottom of the main fall is to ascend the ridge to the right (west) of the overlook. At the top you’ll see a steep slope down to the river with no trail but it will take you the bottom of the cliffs, then you can hike along the bottom of the cliffs east to the base of the falls

Hunter Worley
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

Nice falls. Pretty popular on the weekends.

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Melonie Dawes
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Hiking

the beauty of this hike is that you can add miles as you follow the river up or down. absolutely unforgettable water falls, pools, and wild life. One of my favorite hikes

regina jimenez
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Hiking

Went with seniors. Had a hard time with heart. They were on time schedule which was too much pressure for me. Beautiful hike along river and to Jemez falls. Battleship Rock was pretty by the time we ended hike. McCauley hot springs are along the hike. Temperature about 90 degrees in water.

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David Jimenez
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HikingScramble

Battleship Rock to Jemez Falls Pa

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Kimberly K.
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Fairly short walk with a great view at the end. Falls were really going this passed weekend, little muddy, though. Pretty good shade. Nice picnic areas and restrooms available at trail head parking lot.

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