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New Mexico whitewater, Jemez River

Sandoval county, Battleship Rock to Zia Pueblo section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

  The wonderful Sandoval County scenery and the cool fresh water beats anything. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other states, so don't forget that the rivers in this state are less demanding. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Battleship Rock to Zia Pueblo section is one
    of them. The river winds through the San Juan and Jemez Mountains and you get great scenery. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before
you come because it is a very popular destination. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with not too many other spots for that. If you're coming from Los Alamos it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. A stretch of this length does require some preparations, so better bring  
your camping gear along.

Briefly about the general area:
Fenton Lake State Park is a fine location to go if you're at Jemez River, and Jemez River is a location with many visitors from Ponderosa. But wait, there's more enjoyable things to do in the San Juan and Jemez Mountains. A visit to San Juan Canyon is always fun, and don't leave Jemez River without first going for a hike along the Padre Alonzo Trail. If you come to this river you will have a good time for sure. If you're addicted to cool geologic highlights, try Mesa de los Palomares, and there's delightful hiking along the Bland Bear Springs Trail.

Jemez River, Battleship Rock to Zia Pueblo road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Jemez River.
 Whitewater Near Jemez River:
Jemez River, Sandoval County, 10 miles away
      Class -blank- - 50 miles long (Battleship Rock to Zia Pueblo)
 Ski Areas Near Jemez River:
Pajarito Mountain, New Mexico , 24 miles away, 1410 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Sandia Peak, New Mexico , 32 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Ski Santa Fe, New Mexico , 61 miles away, 1725 foot drop, 7 lifts, 69 runs
Sipapu, New Mexico , 83 miles away, 1055 foot drop, 4 lifts, 31 runs
Taos, New Mexico , 100 miles away, 2612 foot drop, 13 lifts, 110 runs
 Hotels Near Jemez River:
Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort And Spa, Santa Ana Pueblo , 20 miles away
Holiday Inn Express ALBUQUERQUE N - BERNALILLO, Bernalillo , 22 miles away
Days Inn Bernalillo, Bernalillo , 22 miles away
Super 8 Bernalillo, Bernalillo , 22 miles away
Days Inn Rio Rancho, Rio Rancho , 23 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Jemez River:
Ponderosa RV Campground, Ponderosa, 2 miles away
Paliza Campground, Sandoval County, 4 miles away
Paliza Group Campground, Sandoval County, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Jemez River:
Padre Alonzo Trail, Sandoval , 6 miles away
Bland Bear Springs Trail, Sandoval , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Jemez River:
Petroglyph National Monument, Albuquerque - NM , 30 miles away
Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos - NM , 31 miles away
Fenton Lake State Park, New Mexico , 13 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Jemez River:
Twin Warriors Golf Club, Bernalillo , 20 miles away

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