Water Sports and Winter Sports
Set sail from a tree-lined shore or wriggle your toes in the sandy bottom of a natural hot springs and feel tensions wash away in the waters of Sandoval County.
Sailing. windsurfing, and swimming enthusiasts will be delighted by Cochiti Lake, which is a popular year-round retreat.
The Village of Jemez Springs boasts a variety of geo-thermal springs. The Jemez Springs Bath House, located in the heart of town, offers private tubs, massages, and aromatherapy. One mile north of Jemez State Monument is the awesome, naturally-formed mineral dome of Soda Dam. Water tumbles through a crevice in the immense coppery-colored structure and into a pool below
Cross country skiers will find a trail bonanza within a 20-mile drive of La Cueva. East of La Cueva along Hwy 4, encounter five different ski areas, including an easy 2-1/2 mile loop trail near Redondo Campground and more difficult trails in the Los Griegos area, which offers views of Redondo Peak and Valle Grande. West of La Cueva, don’t miss Valle San Antonio Road, a five mile, one-way trip to San Antonio Hot Spring. Soak in the hot spring and enjoy views of the Bandelier Tuff cliffs across the canyon.
East of Cuba on Hwy 126, Blue Bird Mesa Road has a trail for any level skier, but cross-country aficionados will thrive in the challenging San Pedro Parks Wilderness Area with its large meadows.
Telemark skiers can practice on the west side of Corral Canyon on Hwy 4 east of La Cueva. West of La Cueva, Upper San Antonio Canyon offers telemarking on Forest Road 376, seven miles in from Hwy 4. Also, try the open mountain trails on the east side of San Antonio Creek.