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Soda Dam

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Address: Jemez Springs, NM

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Quick roadside stop!

This site is right on the side of highway 4 a short while after leaving Jemez Springs. There's a small waterfall that seems to come from under a giant rock (do climb it for some... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 September 2016
Miami Beach, Florida
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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

It's easy to drive right by Soda Dam and not notice it (except for all the parked cars). This is a geologic wonder that shouldn't be missed. Just be careful parking along the side of the road. Don't forget to go around the "backside" of Soda Dam to see the gentle stream that runs through the Dam and creates the... More 

Thank Judi W
Miami Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

This site is right on the side of highway 4 a short while after leaving Jemez Springs. There's a small waterfall that seems to come from under a giant rock (do climb it for some good pics!) and across the road there's more water but this one is a tiny hot spring that comes out of a hole in the... More 

Thank ARodriguezP
Los Alamos, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

I have driven past this attraction for years, and I finally decided to stop and check it out. I'm glad I did! If you are passing through, and need a quick stretch-of-the-legs, then stop here. Soda Dam is a natural dam, where water from underground hot springs has flowed for centuries. The buildup of mineral deposits has formed this unique... More 

Thank Heather H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

The springs that make the dam have a high content of sulpher and other minerals in them, so yup...a little smelly. but absolutely worth the look.

Thank Charles H
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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116 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

This was a cool little pit stop. There is a little stream and pond that you can jump in and a waterfall about 20 feet away. My boys 7/11 loved it and splashed around for about an hour. It did get crowded because it was a summer day. It is really small, so you probably wouldn't want to stay there... More 

Thank Kimberly85044
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

Just to see how rocks were carved and the hot spring bubbling put of the stones is amazing. Recommend highly if you're going this way

Thank Deborah B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

Who would think that the deposits brought by the snow fed waters ultimately warmed by magma could create the little bulge that forces water to rush through it. A fun place to visit and just listen to the water as you sit in the shade and take in the warm New Mexican breezes.

Thank Hispanophile46
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15 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

Often crowded with little room to park, this is one of the many interesting attractions in the Jemez Mountains. The photo opportunities are plentiful and if you are able, take the hike on the top of the dam.

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

This is a unique rock formation with the Jemez River dropping about 10 feet through the rock. I wouldn't drive a great distance to see this alone, but if you are in Jemez Springs its just north of town and worth seeing. We were there off season so it was easy to pull over and get a good look. During... More 

Thank k5sdc
Springfield, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

This very interesting and unusual attraction can be seen from your car because it actually borders scenic byway highway 4, but to really appreciate it, park along side the road (plenty of room for several) and walk around it. It is very easy to see and very unique. It looks like what you would see in a cavern but in... More 

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