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 Jemez church dating to 1621/2. The village of Giusewa was built in the narrow San Diego Canyon by the ancestors of the present-day people of Jemez Pueblo (Walatowa). The name Giusewa refers to the natural 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 stonewalls 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 ruins.

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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.


Expanded self-guided tours of Giusewa 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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