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Getting to this village along the Jemez River is half the fun. You'll drive the Jemez Mountain Trail into the Jemez Mountains, a trip that can provide a relaxing retreat and/or an exhilarating adventure. In the area are historic sites and relaxing hot springs, as well as excellent stream fishing, hiking, and cross-country skiing. You may want to combine a drive through this area with a visit to Los Alamos and Bandelier National Monument.

North of town you'll come to the Soda Dam, a strange and beautiful mineral mass formed by travertine deposits -- minerals that precipitate out of geothermal springs. Considered a sacred site by Native Americans, it has a gushing waterfall and caves. During the warm months it's a popular swimming hole.