We camped the night before having gotten there after dark. Paying was easy. The next day we awoke and hiked the falls. Literally a 2 minute drive down the road from camp.
This is a beautiful campground for either tent or evening camping. All sites are by reservation, so there was no stress about finding a spot. Standard vault toilets were pretty well kept, potable water faucets were well located, and firewood was plentiful, although the easiest to find was fairly green still. Sites were decently spaced, although camping etiquette reminders should have been in place (splitting wood at midnight, really???). There were good hiking trails nearby and water to play in, and the sites drained well in the afternoon rains. I look forward to returning.
Always busy…now a reservation site. Some sites around the edges or at the end of loops have some space between you and your neighbors, many in the middle are much closer together. We prefer to find dispersed camping in Jemez now that the designated campgrounds are generally so busy.
Jemez Falls campground is located in the heart of the Jemez, close to climbing, great hiking, fishing, hot springs, the Valles Caldera NP and Bandelier National Monument.
The campsites have plenty of space, and are more private than most campgrounds with the exception of those that are heavily wooded. The ponderosa canopy provides a fair amount of shade during the hot days. There are picnic tables and campfire rings at every site. There are vault toilets that are surprisingly clean. Just down the road are the Jemez Falls, a great place to splash in the river.
The campground is generally a family friendly environment where kids can roam in bicycle gangs, and dogs can chase a frisbee. Warning though, on many occasions the weekends have been a little noisy with rowdy campers that don’t think quiet hours apply. Don’t get me wrong, who doesn’t like kicking back by a campfire with friends? Who needs to be so loud that their voices ring through all of the camping loops and keep 70 other campers awake until 1 a.m? So yes, the quiet hours are from 10-6 or 8, but they don’t seem to be enforced. As a result, our family tries to weeknight camp at Jemez Falls whenever possible.
The views at this campground are breathtaking. The camp host is wonderful and super funny. The sites are very clean and so are the restrooms. There are lots of hiking trails around so go check it out.
Jemez is a short drive out of ABQ and close enough to be convenient for Santa Fe and Los Alamos residents. We drove up on a Sunday afternoon and found a clean campground to setup in. We had a whole area to ourselves as most people don't camp when it looks like there is a storm but we didn't mind the drizzle. I had my own camp fire kit and used the wood other camper left at their sites to keep up warm. It's bear and hunting season so we didn't wonder too far off trail but Jemez is a great spot to wonder around in. A good friend from Dallas refers to it as NM's Big Bend
Very nice and large campground. Lots of trees and shade. Very busy on weekends. Camp sites are huge. A few hiking trails nearby. Vault toilets only, no showers or other facilities. Definitely a good weekend get away if you are in the area.
This campground is a bit of a drive outside of Albuquerque, but it's worth it because it gets you up in the mountains where the landscape and scenery completely changes from ABQ. We went in the winter so of course there weren't many people and a lot of the areas were closed but it was still a great area and the hike to Jemez Falls is short and rewarding with great views. There is also a hot springs somewhere close by as well, although we didn't go.