and Event Center
264 S. Camino del Pueblo
Bernalillo, New Mexico
Pueblo of Jemez
Walatowa Visitor Center
7413 Highway 4
Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico
The "Gateway" to the Jemez Mountain Trail begins at the junction of US 550 and Hwy. 4, at San Ysidro, a villge named for the patron saint of farmers. San Ysidro remains the only surviving settlement of the original seven "Pueblos de los Jemez" formed under the Spanish crown. The village features a restored Spanish adobe church and, in keeping with its name, offers both the bounty of the harvest and the works of local artisans.
Jemez Pueblo is about five miles from San Ysidro, located at the gateway of the majestic Cañon de San Diego. There are over 3,000 tribal members, most of whom reside in a single Puebloan village known as "Walatowa," the Towa word meaning "This is THE place." Enjoy traditional Jemez foods, and arts and crafts available at roadside stands in the beautiful Red Rocks area.
Learn about the Jemez Pueblo at the Walatowa Vistors Center through information, exhibits, a nature walk and its gift shop. Studio tours, bread making demonstrations and examples of traditional social dances are available with advanced notice. For more information call 877-733-5687.
Further north, Forest Road 485 features the Gilman Tunnels, with a narrow road running alongalonside the Guadalupe River. The tunnels were originally blasted out of rock in the 1920's to allow logging train access along the rushing Guadalupe River gorge.
State Route 290 leads to the ranching and winemaking community of Ponderosa. Wine production in Sandoval Country dates back more than two centuries. Both Spanish and Italian settlers brought grapes and other fruits for the purpose of making wine. Grapes for the first Christian Brothers Winery in American were planted in Bernalillo in 1877. Four commercial wineries in Sandoval County offer visitors an opportunity to enjoy this long tradition. Ponderosa Valley Vineyards and Winery on the southern slopes of the scenic Jemez Mountains boasts the largest Reisling vineyard in New Mexico and offers many award-winning varieties and blends. For more information call 505-834-7487.
Biking – Intermediate and advanced riders can explore Guacamalla and Paliza Canyons. Take Hwy 4 to 290 through the town of Ponderosa and continue on Forest Road 10 to the Paliza Campground. Nearby, the 7-mile Jemez Canyon Overlook offers sunny meadows as a reward for surmounting steep hills.