The Jemez Mountains ('heɪmez) are a group of volcanic mountains in New Mexico, United States. The highest point in the range is Chicoma Mountain (also spelled as Tschicoma or Tchicoma) at an elevation of 11,561 feet (3524 meters). The town of Los Alamos and Los Alamos National Laboratory adjoin the eastern side of the range while the town of Jemez Springs is to the west. Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is the only ski area in the Jemez. New Mexico State Highway 4 is the primary road that provides vehicular access to locations in the Jemez Mountains.
Much of the range is federal land, including Santa Fe National Forest, Bandelier National Monument, and the Valles Caldera National Preserve. State lands include Fenton Lake State Park. Hiking trails crisscross the range and lead to many of the summits, although some regions are closed to hikers either because of environmental restrictions or because they are on the territory of Santa Clara Pueblo or private land holders. (Access to pueblo lands is available by permit.) The summits are generally easy to climb (in good weather) and require no technical-climbing skills, but rock climbing is popular on some of the basalt cliffs near Los Alamos and elsewhere in the range (see Los Alamos and Caja del Rio). The mountains also are home to Pajarito Mountain, a small downhill ski area and offer some opportunities for cross country skiing, although not every winter produces enough snow to support this recreational activity. The region is prone to forest fires because of the tendency for spring weather to be dry and windy, creating conditions under which fires caused by human activities or lightning can spread rapidly. The Cerro Grande Fire in the year 2000 was the most recent large wildfire. Parts of Los Alamos National Laboratory were also damaged, although none of the laboratory's special nuclear materials (plutonium, uranium, etc.) were threatened or released.
U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE WILL DETERMINE IF JEMEZ MOUNTAINS SALAMANDER NEEDS ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT PROTECTION
Aug 11, 2009; WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service issued the following press release: In...
Fish and Wildlife Service Issues Rule about Determination of Endangered Species Status for Jemez Mountains Salamander
Sep 11, 2013; WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a rule called: Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants;...