Jemez Historic Site
Coronavirus Update 7/28/20
All Department of Cultural Affairs museums and historic sites, including this facility, are temporarily closed to the public as a public health precaution due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus). These closures are part of the larger effort by state government to minimize public exposure. Please continue to visit this website for updates and to explore online resources and collections.
A short drive from Albuquerque and Bernalillo, the Jemez National Historic Landmark is one of the most beautiful prehistoric and historic sites in the Southwest. It includes the stone ruins 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 abandoned 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.
Hours and Days of Operation:
Open 8:30am - 5pm Wednesday through Sunday. Closed Monday & Tuesdays.
Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
Special Easter hours.
- General Admission is $5.
- NM residents are admitted free of charge on the first Sunday of each month.
- Children 16 and under are always admitted free of charge.
- New Mexico Seniors with ID are admitted free of charge on Wednesdays.
- New Mexico foster parents and foster children are admitted free of charge.
- A combination ticket, good for admission to both Jémez and Coronado Historic Sites is available for $7.