Jemez Springs
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Village of Jemez Springs

Population, 2015: 253
Area: 4.8 square miles
Incorporated: 1955
Location: 60 miles northwest of Albuquerque on NM 4 

About

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.

History

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.

Demographics

Jemez Springs 2010-2015 Population Graph

Village of Jemez Springs Municipal Building
Village of Jemez Springs Municipal Building

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Government

Mayor, elected every four years
Four trustees, elected at large every four years

Utilities

Water: Jemez Springs Domestic Water Mutual
Source: Ground water
Sewer: Village of Jemez Springs
Solid Waste: Sandoval County
Electric: Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative
Natural Gas: not available; propane is available.
Telephone: Windstream

Transportation

Highways: NM 4
Transit: Rio Metro dial-a-ride

Education

K-12: Jemez Valley Public School District  

Amenities

State Monuments: Jemez State Monument showcases the prehistoric site of the Pueblo of Giusewa and ruins of the mission Church of San José de los Jemez. Fenton Lake State Park features a cross-country ski and biathlon trail and wheelchair-accessible fishing platforms.

Recreation: In the Jemez Mountains are numerous trails, hot springs, campgrounds, fishing spots, and a water fall. Sunday drivers will enjoy Soda Dam and Battleship Rock, as well as other dramatic red-rock formations. See the Santa Fe National Forest.

Museum: The Walatowa Visitor Center and Museum of History and Culture presents the culture and traditions of Jemez Pueblo.

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