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This is the home page of the Jemez Valley History Project, a free public service brought to you by the Jemez Springs Public Library.  With community involvement, we are building a digital archive of historical information about the Jemez Valley and surrounding areas to include known human history as well as the unique geology and natural mineral hot springs.

The geographical scope of this history archive is roughly the southwestern part of the Jemez Mountains: bounded on the north by Fenton Lake, Seven Springs and Hwy. 126; on the east by the Valles Caldera; on the south by the Village of San Ysidro; on the west by the Nacimiento Mountains and the Village of Cuba. While Los Alamos and the Pajarito Plateau are important in the area’s history, that part of the Jemez is well-served by a Los Alamos website. This map in a Circle K ad from the Sandoval County Review, September 4, 1978, illustrates roughly the area covered in this history.

Circle K map

This is a living archive. Information will be added continually by our volunteer cadre of writers and researchers, as well as members of the public who wish to share anecdotes, memories and images. Please browse around using the menus, categories and search options.  If you have something factual to add to a historical post, please leave a comment.  All comments are reviewed and, if verifiable, will appear under that post.  Your ideas and comments are welcome! Thank you for your interest and support of this exciting project.

Please consider sharing them with the Jemez History Project. Contact Judith Isaacs at 575-829-3382 or

"Jemez Springs" circa 1890, view looking north toward original Bath House.

"Jemez Springs" circa 1890, view looking north toward original Bath House.

People often give us old photos for which they have very little information. This one was brought in by Amy Green, labeled "Clay Hotel". Do you know where and when the Clay Hotel was built in Jemez Springs?

Clay Hotel

"Clay Hotel"