The Pueblo of Nambé, home to one of the most spectacular natural waterfalls in the southwest, is situated in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and encompasses nearly 20,000 acres of high desert landscape. Nambe, originally “Nanbe”, meaning round earth, is one of six Tewa-speaking pueblos of Northern New Mexico. In 1976, as part of the San Juan Chama project, a dam was built above the falls to supply irrigation water to the Pojoaque Valley. Shortly thereafter, the Pueblo opened the Nambé Falls Recreation Area to visitors for camping, hiking and fishing.
What to Expect
Always carry drinking water, as temperatures in the summer are often high. The Ranger Station has water, soda and ice for sale.
Two trails, each ~ ¼ mile, lead to the waterfalls from the Ramada Area. One trail climbs up the hill ending in a spectacular view of the waterfalls from above, while the other trail goes along and through the river winding up at a beach area at the lowest pool. If you take the low trail, expect to get wet and remember the river height fluctuates according to season. Wearing water shoes, shorts and carrying a pack to hold your belongings are all recommended.
Day Rates (per carload) $15.00 per day –Sightseeing, Hiking, Picnics
Basic Campsite $30.00 per day
Campsite $40.00 per day -Water/electrical hookups
Adults (5 fish bag limit) $18.00 per day
Seniors – 65 and over (5 fish bag limit) $18.00 per day
Seniors only on Thursday’s (5 fish bag limit) $12.00 per day
Children 12 and under (2 fish bag limit) $10.00 per day
Days of operation are Thursday – Sunday and hours of operation are 7:00am – 7:00pm.
For campsite reservations, group sales and special events, please call (505) 455-2304.