Jemez Springs, NM 87025
Demonstrating some of the more impressive site ruins found in the Southwest, the Jemez State Monument represents a history of Spanish invasion and bitter conflict. In a locale of astonishing magnificence, Jemez boasts striking ruins in narrow mountain gorges, as well as the tops of steep, sculpted mesas. Almost a half millennium ago, the Jemez people lived in a thriving community, which at it’s prime consisted of a massive pueblo that may have contained up to 1000 rooms, as well as numerous kivas and plazas. However, in 1541, life for the Jemez people would have drastically changed as a Spaniard known as Captain Francisco de Barrionuevo invaded with an agenda of Catholic conversion.
During the Spanish invasion, the Spaniards constructed a fortress-like church, inclusive of an octagon-shaped bell tower, eight-foot-thick walls, and impressive architectural accents; this structure is now considered to be the second oldest church in New Mexico. Tired of Spanish control and influence, the Jemez people choreographed a revolt in 1680; this uprising effectively pushed the Spaniards out of New Mexican territory.
Only a short drive from Albuquerque, Jemez State Monument tells a fascinating and dramatic story through a 1,400-foot interpretive trail, thus providing a highly enjoyable, while also extremely interactive experience to visitors. The New Mexico State Monuments Division oversees the library, exhibits and trails of Jemez State Monument.
$3. A combination ticket, good for admission to both Jémez and Coronado State Monuments is available for $5. Sunday admission for New Mexico residents with ID is free. Wednesday admission is free to New Mexico Seniors with ID. Children 16 and under are always admitted free.
Hours Open 8:30am - 5pm Wednesday through Monday. Closed Tuesdays.