Jemez Falls, a New Mexico Waterfall - (Near Jemez Springs, New Mexico)

A Pretty Waterfall in New Mexico
Jemez Falls is waterfall in the mountain wilderness west of Los Alamos and Santa Fe. It is a short and easy hike of about 0.5 miles from the Jemez Falls Campground, making it a great choice for families with young children. Also, for those in Albuquerque who desire to see natural running water of any kind (besides the Rio Grande), it is a reasonable 75-85 mile drive. On this page are my photos and videos from a visit in May 2015.

Directions: The trailhead to the waterfall is inside the Jemez Falls Campground. (You can do a search on Google or map it on your smart phone. On my iPhone, I searched for "Jemez Falls Campground" and it identified "Jemez Falls Road" which is also on the same site.) But to type directions out: Travel to Highway 4 between Jemez Springs and Los Alamos. The campground is east of the intersection of Highways 126 and 4 by a few miles in a forested area. You can't miss the large brown sign for the Jemez Falls Campground. Once on the grounds, travel about one mile to the end of the road to reach the trailhead. There is no parking fee at the time this article was written.

Jemez Falls, New Mexico
Jemez Falls in all her beauty. This is a beautiful spot in the mountains. :)

Photos and videos by Steve Garufi in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest - YouTube

Closed Gate

Jemez Falls Campground


May 13, 2015 - I have one complaint. The entrance to the campground was closed. The gate was closed!

So I parked on the side of Highway 4 and hiked on the road for about a mile. To be honest, the walk gave me the necessary feeling like I got some exercise.

Just be advised that you may encounter the same thing. I would think snowshoeing to the Jemez Falls would be an excellent choice in the winter, and so you may have to go for a mile to get in.

New Mexico Forest The road with pretty pine trees.
Map Just drive or hike to the end of the road.

Another thing... the map at the trailhead is confusing!!! There is no reason to take the East Fork Trail if you want to see the waterfall.

In fact, just hike in the direction of where the road would go if it continued. Hop over the fence (or go around it) and hike on the somewhat worn trail into the forest -- it leads directly to the waterfall in... I'm guessing no more than 0.5 miles.

Jemez Falls, NM

Jemez Falls, NM

Jemez Falls, New Mexico

There are a few ways to enjoy the waterfall. Firstly, there is a main overlook that gives the view from the top picture. Ahhhh, it's so pretty, isn't it? :)

Secondly, one can hike among the rocks to get just above the waterfall. That's a nice spot too!

Thirdly, I did see a "social trail" where it appears some have scrambled down the steep hillsides to get to the base of the waterfall. That looked like an adventurous thing to do. I considered heading down there, but being solo in my party and also the only person at the site, it just didn't seem wise. I'll come back another time. Anyway, know this appears to be another option for more daring types.

Jemez Falls, New Mexico One last shot of Jemez Falls. Truly, this is a beautiful spot.

Directly above the waterfall.

The view from the overlook.

On no, it's not too shabby! :)

An abandoned gas station on Highway 550.
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