Whether you are local or traveling from afar, we welcome you to Walatowa and the Pueblo of Jemez. Stop by the Walatowa Visitor Center and learn more about the people who have inhabited this land for thousands of years. We look forward to seeing you.
The Walatowa Visitor Center is open daily
9:00 am-4:00 pm
Walatowa Visitor Center
7413 Hwy 4
Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico 87024
7413 Hwy 4, P.O. Box 280
Jemez Pueblo NM, 87024
Rules of Etiquette When Visiting the Pueblo of Jemez
Our Pueblo has a closed village policy by the order of the Tribal Leaders; however, you are welcome to our Center. Please obey and respect all rules and regulations of the Pueblo.
- Do not drive through residential areas in village
- The Pueblos are not ‘living museums’ or theme parks, but are residential communities. Like any other village, these Pueblos are homes and should be respected as such.
- No photographs, visual/audio recording, or sketching allowed. No unauthorized publication of information regarding Pueblo activities especially during feast days.
- Do not climb walls or other structures. Some are several hundred years old and damage easily. Please do not pick up or remove any artifacts or objects.
- Pueblo Kivas and graveyards are not to be entered by non-Pueblo people.
- Alcohol, weapons, and drugs will not be tolerated on the Pueblo. No pets allowed.
- Obey traffic, parking, and speed limit signs.
- The Pueblo of Jemez is not responsible for injuries, theft or damages incurred to visitors.
On Feast Days:
- Enter a Pueblo home as you would any other – by invitation only. It is courteous to accept an invitation to eat, but do not linger at the table, as your host will probably want to serve many guests throughout the day, thank your host, but a payment or tip is not appropriate.
- Pueblo dances are religious ceremonies, not performances. Please observe them as you would a church service, with respect and quiet attention. Please do not interrupt non-dance participants by asking questions or visiting with friends.
- During a dance is not the time to conduct business or loudly socialize. Many Pueblo members only have a chance to see certain dances once a year and may have traveled many miles to participate.
- Please refrain from talking to the dancers. Do not approach dancers as they are entering, leaving or resting near the kiva.
- Applause after dances is not appropriate.
U. S. FOREST SERVICE, JEMEZ RANGER DISTRICT
Please call (575) 834-7235
Many of the Jemez Pueblo’s ancestral lands are located within the Santa Fe National Forest. The Pueblo of Jemez and the U.S. Forest Service have established a cooperative partnership to monitor management, care, preservation and respect for these ancestral grounds. A part time/seasonal Jemez District Forest Service Representative is stationed, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, at the Pueblo of Jemez Welcome Center to answer questions and assist with the following:
- Jemez District Recreation Information and Handouts
- Local Travel Information
- Forest Road Conditions/Closure Updates
- Santa Fe National Forest Maps
- Fire Wood Permits: (May-December)
- Latilla Cutting Permits
- Tree Transplant Permits (May – December)
- Christmas Tree Cutting Permits (Thanksgiving-Christmas Eve)
- Rock Permits are no longer available
Call (575) 834-7235 to speak with a Forest Service Representative to verify:
- Current Permit Fees
- Current Road Conditions
- Road Opening and/or Closure Dates
- Open fire/camp fire status
- Recreation and Campground Opening, Availability and/or Seasonal Closure Dates
Take I-25 north to Bernalillo exit #242,
Turn left heading West on US 550 to San Ysidro
At San Ysidro, merge right on to Highway 4, the Pueblo of Jemez Welcome Center is located at the Jemez Red Rocks (approx. 7 miles north of San Ysidro).