THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR VISIT…
Traveling The Highways To Our Location:
Highway 4, a paved two lane state road, is typically considered the only highway to service our area. It’s a beautiful drive through the Jemez Mountains and is one of the cultural “side roads” that makes this state so enchanting. You can find directions (including a map) to our beautiful area by clicking on the DIRECTIONS link at the top of the page.
The other highway to our area is via State Highway 126 that traverses the mountains between Elk Mountain Lodge and Cuba, New Mexico. IT IS NOT ENTIRELY PAVED! If you are traveling to us from the Chaco Culture Natural Historic Park or the Bloomfield/Farmington (Four Corners) areas for example, we strongly suggest that you first check with the New Mexico Road Conditions website for that stretch of Hwy 126.
NOTE: many of the maps we see used by other guests have show HWY 126 paved all the way from Cuba, NM to Highway 4. It is not! There is a 8-mile section which is a one to two lane dirt road with switchbacks, hills and canyons. It is a very beautiful drive but can be very un-passible in the winter or when wet or snowy. Further, there are absolutely no services, gas stations or business on that road and cell phone service is VERY spotty at best. The safest route to take is US 550 south (old highway 44) down To San Ysidro, NM where you can access Highway 4 northbound to our location. Further, this route is entirely paved and there are gas stations along the way. It may take a bit longer to go the safer route (Hwy 550) but it’s better than encountering a bad situation during inclement weather.
Use caution when traveling these highways at night! There is quite a large population of deer and elk here in our area and they often loiter on the highway around a curve.
The speed limits are very much enforced by police agencies on Highway 4 – especially around the Jemez Pueblo area. Please watch your speed!
Jemez Mountain Area Services, Facilities Etc:
Area Gas Stations:
If your are driving to us from the Albuquerque area, be aware that the last gas station before you get to the Elk Mountain Lodge is at the Walatowa Visitor’s Center (shown in the background above) which is just north of Jemez Pueblo on State Highway 4 at mile marker 7.5 . That’s about 19 miles away. Gas stations in the other direction on Highway 4 are located in the Los Alamos/White Rock area approximately 38 miles away.
Don’t forget gasoline along the way!
Local Area Restaurants
There are 4 local area restaurants here in the Jemez Mountains that are within 10 miles of the Elk Mountain Lodge. Click on the link to access their website or Facebook page.
This little eatery is only ½ mile from the Elk Mountain Lodge at the intersection of Hwy 4 and Hwy 126 (next to Amanda’s Jemez Mountain Country Store). They offer basic fare consisting of sandwiches, burgers, salads and the “daily special”. NOTE: Winter hours may only be on Friday and Saturday from October to May. Call them for additional information.
- 38710 NM-126, Jemez Springs, NM 87025
- (575) 829-3322
This historic old landmark is located 9 miles down the mountain from the Elk Mountain Lodge in the Village of Jemez Springs. Their motto: “Serving cowpokes, city folks, hikers, bikers, drifters ‘n debutantes since 1947”. Their food: steaks, prime rib Mexican food, American food, burgers, etc. Their drinks: a full liquor license, soda, tea, water etc.
- NM-4, Jemez Springs, NM 87025
- (575) 829-3547
Also located right in the heart of Jemez Springs Village, this eclectic eatery boasts the best Blue Corn Pancakes around and does a great pie too. Their hours are sometimes hit and miss but they also offer a beer and wine license. Call them for details.
- 17607 State Highway 4
- Jemez Springs, NM 87025
Nothing fancy but very good food with counter service. They offer awesome pastries and great coffee at breakfast. Contact them for their weekend dinner specials and hours.
- 17502 Highway 4
- Jemez Springs, NM 87035
This small but well stocked general store is located one half mile from our property. Here you’ll find everything from fishing licenses, bait, butter, hot dogs, lunchmeat, ice cream and canned goods. Click on the link above for more details.
- 38724 Hwy 126
- Jemez Springs, NM 87025
- Corner of Hwy 4 & 126 (La Cueva)
NOTE: if you are coming for an extended stay, or if you have a specific diet, you may want to shop at one of the big supermarkets either in Albuquerque or Los Alamos on your way up to our location. We love Amanda’s Jemez Mountain Country Store but there is only so much they can stock. There is a new SMITH’S GROCERY SUPER STORE in Los Alamos that has everything from motor oil to hiking books to a brewpub. If you’re coming through Rio Rancho, on highway 550, there is an ALBERTSON’S GROCERY and a WALMART SUPERSTORE just south of the intersection of US 550 and NM 528. These grocery stores are both the last “big box” markets you will pass on your way up to our location.
Other Local Businesses:
LA CUEVA AUTOMOTIVE.
La Cueva Automotive is a full-service auto repair and preventive maintenance center. They have been performing auto repairs in the Jemez Springs area since 2008 and are qualified to repair and service all domestic and imported cars, trucks, and SUVs.