Jemez Mountain Scenic Byway alive with fall colors

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Jemez Mountain Trail Sale set for Oct. 21-22

By Tris DeRoma

Jemez Village is gearing up for its annual Jemez Mountain Trail Sale, which will happen at the same time people start coming from all over to see the fall foliage on the 132-mile Jemez Mountain Scenic Byway.


This year, the sale will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 21-22.

The village tries to hold the sale when the leaves are turning and the fall colors are at their peak. 

The massive yard sale is more than 26 miles long. It starts at San Ysidro and continues past La Cueva.

The Jemez Mountain Scenic Byway is more than 163 miles long and starts in Bernalillo and ends at Bandelier National Monument. 

The Jemez Mountain Trail Sale is an annual event where food vendors, artists, craftsmen and yard sale sellers can set their wares out on the side of NM 4 for shoppers and sightseers.

Items for sale range from handcrafted items, jewelry and artwork to used cars, furniture, books, appliances and knick-knacks. Pottery, art and handcrafted items from Jemez Pueblo along with fundraiser tables set up by churches, schools, and other organizations may also be available.

In addition to the sales and bargains along the way, the view will be great everywhere one looks.

Jemez Springs Village Publicist Erica Asmus-Otero said the view gets really great along the Jemez River.
“You’ll see all these cottonwoods lining the Jemez River. They turn a real beautiful brilliant golden color. You’ll also see a lot of wildflowers along the way,” Asmus-Otero said.

Even the famous Jemez Red Rocks along the route will be putting on a show, as their terra cotta coloring often contrast nicely with the cobalt blue skies that are common in the Jemez Mountains this time of year.

“It’s a real eye catching experience,” Asmus-Otero said. “It’s a slow road, so you can relax a little and maybe buy a couple of things along the way.” 

More than 150 vendors have already signed up for the sale, including Native Americans from the surrounding pueblos.

Those interested in setting up a table along the route can contact joybandy@gmail.com Last year, the price to set up a table was $10 a table. Participants can set up anywhere along the route, as long as it’s not at: highway right of ways, U.S. Forest Service property, fishing accesses and private property, without the owner’s permission.

For date changes and updates, people can check out the Jemez Mountain Trail Sale on Facebook.