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Jemez Historic Site, Jemez Springs

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The Jemez Historic Site (formerly Jemez State Monument) is a state-operated historic site on New Mexico State Road 4 in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. The site preserves the archaeological remains of the 16th-century Native American Gíusewa Pueblo and the 17th-century Spanish colonial mission called San José de los Jémez. The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, and in 2012 it was designated as a National Historic Landmark. It is considered an ancestral site of the Jémez Pueblo people who live nearby.
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  • Everything I read that gave the open days and hours are not correct. I drove up there from White Rock. Although the gate was open, the person in charge said it was closed, told me I had to leave...  more »
  • Very short little walk around but the ruins are interesting, especially the church. Nice stop to learn the history of the area.  more »
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  • There is so much to Jemez Mountains, it has the most beautiful landscaping and scenery. The red rocks are gorgeous. The food on the road side stands, is so yummy! You can explorer and hike. The Jemez Historic site blew me away, it was like a huge maze. Inside the office the map they hand out to you, is painted on the floor where they show you videos of it's history. There is one class cabinet that you are not allowed to picture. The pottery in it is truly amazing. I have so many pictures of each opening wish I could share all of them. You can go inside them but they do warn not to climb the walls. We did go up the stars in the church, it is allowed and there also is a maze of itself. The pic where my son is climbing up on the latter, you can not take pics inside that hole but they do let you climb down in it. I believe it's called the Kiva.
  • Wonderful history! The 1st priest was 1598! Then he was discouraged about staying (the Native Americans didn't like him taking away their culture) the next settler (outsider) designed the church and village but never saw the actual church since he was visiting other Native Americans in other parts of the country. The church is still standing, the kiva is standing with original style of ladder to climb in & out of. The archeologists were there & so interesting. They are starting Coronado in October & November and are looking for volunteers to help excavate the area!! Any curious/adventurous people with a week or more able to help!
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