Hike Oak Canyon From Jemez Historic Site

Ranger Marlon Magdalena leads a hike up Oak Canyon from the Jemez Historic Site in 2013. Magdalena is leading the hike this Sunday as well. Photo by Matthew J. Barbour, manager of Jemez Historic Site


At 10 a.m. Sunday, April 27 rangers will lead a hike up Oak Canyon (a.k.a. Church Canyon). The hike begins at Jemez Historic Site (formerly Jemez State Monument). This is a strenuous hike of about 1.5 miles over rough terrain and hikers should bring water, sturdy shoes, sunscreen and a sack lunch.

Rangers will do their best to identify the species of flora and fauna encountered.The event is free and open to the public.

The Jemez site contains stone ruins of a 500-year-old pueblo village known as Giusewa and the ruins of a Spanish mission, the San Jose de los Jemez church, which dates to 1621. The state monuments were “rebranded” as historic sites and received new signs reflecting the name change early this year. The governor signed the measure into law last March.

The site is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and closed Mondays, Tuesdays and three holidays including New Year’s, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Admission is $3, free for children age 16 or younger and free each Sunday for New Mexico residents with identification, and also Wednesdays for New Mexico seniors with identification.


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