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El Vado Ranch

3150 New Mexico 112, Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico 87575
(575) 588-7354

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In and around El Vado Ranch, rainbow and brown trout inhabit the many holes, pools and ripples of the nearby lakes and streams. In fact, this part of the Rio Chama is spectacular and it is not uncommon to hook an 18-20 inch trout.

At El Vado, we have just about everything you'll need for a hunting or fishing trip, a family vacation, or a quiet getaway in the beautiful mountains of northern New Mexico. El Vado Lake, only a short drive away, is a great place for boating, water skiing, or swimming... and fishing. There are many interesting hiking trails in the area and (if you dare) you can cross over the river on the famous SWINGING BRIDGE.

For an exciting adventure on the whitewater, try rafting the Rio Chama. El Vado Ranch is the official "put in" site for the river, which has class II and III rated rapids.

The scenic Chama River flows from El Vado Ranch for 32 miles through the Rio Chama Canyon on its way to the Rio Grande. Heron Lake, Abiquiu Reservoir, the Santa Fe National Forest, the Carson National Forest, and the historic Village of Chama are all close to El Vado Ranch.

Ten beautiful log cabins are located within the 100 acre El Vado Ranch. All cabins are completely equipped for housekeeping and cooking. Our store is stocked with fishing supplies, food and snack items.

Jemez Falls

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Hiking, Snowshoeing, Mountain Biking, Fishing
Dog Friendly
Length: 1 mile round trip
Elevation: In excess of 6,200 feet
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Seasonal: 3 Season (Snow in winter)
Driving Distance from Plaza: 60 miles

Overview:
Jemez Falls is a waterfall located in the Jemez Mountains of the Santa Fe National Forest. The falls are located on the East Fork of the Jemez River in an area dominated by Ponderosa Pine forests. Jemez Falls are the highest waterfalls in the Jemez Mountains. There are some smaller falls on the river just above the main falls. The falls are accessible from a trail that starts at the Jemez Falls campground and day use area. There is an overlook at the end of the trail.

This is an easy hike to a beautiful waterfall. The trail is dirt, but there are some exposed rocks; most of these are at the end of the trail. Tall pine trees provide plenty of shady spots. There is a scenic overlook near the end of the trail with a full view of the falls. You can turn around here or continue down to the top of the falls. There is a shallow pond at the top of the falls. Bring your water-shoes and wade in the cool water.

Trail Information:
The Jemez Falls Trailhead is located adjacent to the Jemez Falls Group Area. To get to the trailhead use the Jemez Falls Camground turnoff and follow the road past the campground and day use area.

A short 1/4 mile hike will get you to the Jemez Falls Overlook, the highest falls in the Jemez Mountains.

The trailhead is located midway along the East Fork Trail. Hiking northeast one mile is moderately easy to the East Fork Trailhead and another 5 miles to the Las Conchas Trailhead. Hiking west will lead downhill to the Battleship Trailhead, approximately 4 miles.

Directions:
I-25 North from Santa Fe and/or Albuquerque: 1. Travel north on I-25. 2. Take Exit 282A for US 84 North. 3. Merge onto US 84 North and follow it for 19 miles. 4. Take the exit for NM-502 toward Los Alamos. 5. Turn left onto Los Alamos Highway. 6. Continue onto 502 and follow it for 9.9 miles. 7. Merge onto NM-4 West, following the signs to Bandelier National Monument and White Rock. You will drive about 32 miles on this road, passing through Bandelier and a wildlife preserve before bending into the Jemez Mountains. 8. Continue onto NM-501 W/W Jemez Rd 9. Turn right onto NM-4 W 10. Turn left onto Jemez Falls Rd 11. Follow the road past the campsites to the free parking area. Follow the trail to the end of the fence and turn left. Follow the trail downhill past the turnoff to trail 137.

Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort

5224 Highway 518, Taos, New Mexico 87579
(575) 587-2240

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Located 20 miles southeast of Taos and two hours north of Albuquerque, Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort has been known for its Family-Friendly, Family Fun since 1952. Northern New Mexico’s oldest ski resort, Sipapu was founded by Lloyd and Olive Bolander and continues to be a family-owned and operated resort today.

About Our Resort
Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort is New Mexico’s fastest growing resort (yet you won’t wait in line for a lift). Both first-time and returning guests alike appreciate the quintessential mountain life found only at Sipapu: a fun, friendly mountain (where your kids won’t get lost, perfect for skiers and boarders of all skill levels); clean, simple accommodations (no in-room TVs or phones – we believe families should connect with each other, not over their electronics; cable TV is available in the lodge and cell service is usually available throughout the property); and the best deals around, which allows everyone to have the family vacation they want at prices they can easily afford.

Our resort also offers the following not-so-common amenities:

  • The Riverside Cafe and Paradise Riverside Bar and Grill, featuring New Mexico’s best riverside dining
  • Slopeside lodging, including cabins, suites, our historic lodge and more
  • The world-class Sipapu disc golf course, ranked as one of the top 5 courses in the country
  • Trout fishing located steps from our slopeside accommodations

And more. So, grab your gear and discover for yourself why Sipapu is the fastest growing resort in New Mexico.

About our Mountain
New Mexico’s fastest growing resort, Sipapu is home to New Mexico’s longest ski season and the best deals in the Rockies. Surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Carson National Forest, the resort has over 40 trails, five lifts and three terrain parks. On-site amenities include slopeside lodging, a full-service ski shop, ski school and New Mexico's best riverside dining experience at the Riverside Café and Paradise Riverside Bar and Grill.

Mountain Statistics
Peak Elevation: 9,255 ft.
Base Elevation: 8,200 ft.
Vertical Drop: 1,055 ft.
Skiable Acreage: 200 acres
Average Annual Snowfall: 190 inches
Longest Ski Season in NM: Nov-April
Named Trails: 41
Terrain Parks: 3
Lifts: 5
Platter Lifts: 2
Beginner Trails: 20%
Intermediate Trails: 40%
Advanced Trails: 25%
Expert Trails: 15%

For more information, call (800) 587-2240. Family Friendly

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