Jemez Historic Site

A short drive from Albuquerque and Bernalillo in the Village of Jemez Springs, the Jemez National Historic Landmark is one of the most beautiful sites in the Southwest. It includes the stone remnants of a 700-year-old village and the San José de los Jémez church dating to 1621-22. The village of Gisewa was built in the narrow San Diego Canyon by the ancestors of the present-day people of Jemez Pueblo (Walatowa). The name Gisewa refers to the natural hot springs in the area.

In the 17th century, the Spanish established a Catholic mission at the village. The mission was short-lived, and, in time, the people left the site and moved to the current location of Jemez Pueblo. The massive stone walls were constructed about the same time the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. The heritage center contains exhibitions that tell the story of the site through the words of the Jemez people. A 1,400-foot interpretive trail winds through the impressive site.

Visiting Information

Hours and Days of Operation: 

Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Monday and Tuesday


$7 for adults. Free for children 16 years and younger. NM residents with ID admitted free the first Sunday of every month. Also free to Museum of New Mexico Foundation members, Friends of Coronado and Jemez members, Native/Tribal affiliations, disabled veterans, and foster families.


Expanded self-guided tours of Gisewa Pueblo and San Jose Mission are available via smart device using the QR code at the front desk. Plan Your Visit

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