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The "trail" we took was amazing and totally worth the boulder crawl! The trail is not clearly marked and the land is an atv/ dirt bike area. The flyer at the information post advertised a dirt bike trial tournament, so there were a lot of crisscrossing well worn trails that lead to this confusion. SO instead of going to the right to the actual trail we went left and found beautiful canyons. Stay away from the dried river bed it is a breeding ground of aggressive mosquitoes. The long walk to the trail head is an uphill hike on very loose sand.
Really crowded area, but still beautiful. We went the weekend after Memorial Day and spent about 90 minutes trying to locate a campsite. Seriously, it's REALLY crowded. People race up and down the dirt road at all hours.
If you're willing to tolerate the people and vehicles, though, the Jemez Mountains are incredibly beautiful. This is one of our favorite places to camp. We tend to go for the northern end, because it's less crowded. Access to the river isn't available at the north end--the area is protected for the safety of an endangered mouse.
If you have a free evening, I highly recommend the northern end of the road. It's about 90 minutes from Albuquerque, so the trip is nice and short. :-)