Jemez Valley
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Autumn drive in New Mexico
The valley south of Jemez Springs, NM is one of the most beautiful drives in the state, especially in the fall. Cottonwood trees line the Jemez River for 30 kilometers. Cliffs of volcanic tuff sit atop blood red sandstone. The best time for an autumn drive is Oct 15-30, but the valley is geologically impressive any time. At the lower end is the native American town of Jemez Pueblo, also known as Walatowa. They are famous for their pottery, made from local clay. Jemez (pronounced HEY-MEZ) is also the name of the mountains to the north. The drive starts at San Isidro, about an hour's drive NW of Albuquerque on highway 550.
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