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Rt. 4 - White Rock to Jemez Springs + ADD NEW ROUTE


5   in New Mexico New Mexico47 Miles

By John B.
on August 1, 2006

4.7out of 5

6 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Start your route in the town of White Rock, NM. Take Rt 4 north out of town until you get to SR 502 within Bandelier National Monument. Head west on SR 502 to Los Alamos, where 502 is Trinity Drive within town. Continue through Los Alamos on SR 502 until it becomes SR 501 (also called west Jemez Rd at that point). SR 501 intersects with Rt. 4 to the south of Los Alamos, turn right at the tee, heading west. Stay on Rt. 4 to the routes end point of Jemez Springs, NM.

* Note: SR 126, north of Jemez Springs, is a nice detour to Fenton Lake. However, the road quality is lower and the last few miles is gravel.

Scenery

The terrain frequently changes and the views are spectacular. There are several overlooks on the twisties and the gently sloping hills/curves provide wide-open vistas, especially Valle Grande, which is west of Bandalier National Monument. Through most all of the trip you'll be traveling through Santa Fe National Forest.

Road Quality

The road has a good combination of twisties near White Rock, over the top of Bandelier National Monument, and south of the 126/Rt 4 intersection. There are gently sloping hills and curves elsewhere along the route.

Roadside Amenities

State park camping is available along the route, Jemez Falls campground is better than Rodondo. Get a fair burger and hot chocolate at the intersection of 126 and Rt 4., about 2/3 through the ride. Los Alamos offers a few choices for food, shopping, coffee, etc. I strongly recommend taking the time to go into Bandelier for a hike down to the water falls or up to the cliffs.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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By Guest
on June 2, 2013 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Harley

Motorcycle Type Touring

Did this ride in May 2013. Excellent views with lots of elevation changes. Saw plenty of wildlife. Make sure you have cold weather gear for Spring and Fall rides.

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By Guest
on January 8, 2011 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

Fantstic run. Stop at the mineral baths in Jemez Springs and then accross the road to Los Ojos bar and grill. The best food I have ever eaten. Will go every year from now on. Yes on the rain gear.

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on January 8, 2011 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

Fantstic run. Stop at the mineral bats in Jemez Springs and then accross the road to Los Ojos bar and grill. The best food I have ever eaten. Will go every year from now on. Yes on the rain gear.

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By Guest
on April 20, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

An amazing ride, beautiful scenery, one that people never imagine in New Mexico, spotted some Elk. It's not a race, take it easy and enjoy the ride. A couple of hair pin turns getting off the mountain, Los Alamos end. I'll second the 'take rain gear' and a camera, you will not be disappointed.

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By Guest
on October 12, 2008 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

One of the best of many great rides in Northern NM. Endless scenery and elevation changes. Bring your raingear as the weather can change at the drop of a hat.

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By Guest
on July 16, 2008 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Great road, if anyone has ever seen the movie Wild Hogs, a lot of footage and some scenes were shot along this route. I definitly recommend it. Stop in Jemez springs at one of the local resturants for a great meal to finish out your ride.

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