Jemez Springs, located in a picturesque canyon cut by the adjacent Jemez River in the mountains of the same name, draws two-million visitors a year. Visitors come for the mountain scenery and the area's hot springs, both public and private, which result from geothermal activity beneath the Jemez Mountains. The village has cafes, shops and motels, and is home to Catholic and Zen Buddhist retreats.
Indian people inhabited the area for hundreds of years before the Spanish arrived. It is believed that they were the ancestors of Jemez Pueblo residents. The community of Jemez Springs, originally called Hot Springs, began in the 1880's as a ranching community.