S andoval County is home to some of the Southwest’s most beautiful settings and culturally diverse communities. From the stunning backdrop of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, to the striking visuals of the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks’ geological forms, Sandoval County’s rich culture permeates every corner of our area.

We invite you to enjoy our endless blue skies, innovative urban center, and tight knit community pride.

We've Launched! It's Up Up and away!
It's a new year and we're celebrating with a brand new tourism website!

It's been over a year in the making but our new site comes complete with all the bells and whistles to make your stay in new Mexico all you've dreamed including:

* Robust Directories to find your perfect spot to stay, eat, explore and shop!
* Rich Video Gallery of places you'll want to see!
* Content Rich Blog highlighting the best Sandoval has to offer!
* Events Calendars so you won't miss a thing!

Love Is Always in the Air @ the El Zocalo
The staff at the Historic El Zócalo Wedding Event Center went a step beyond on the universal day of love, by hosting the Cupid’s Kiss Pop-up Wedding Event!

The El Zócalo had the honor of hosting seven weddings. Couples from different stages of life gathered with family and friends as Judge Maxwell-Chavez officiated the unions.
A couple of 40 years renewed their vows, and another couple celebrates by renewing their vows each year in a different state, and this year they choose New Mexico. 

Generous vendors donated decadent cupcakes, photography services, stunning balloon arches and accents, sparkling cider, a fun photo booth, and the Pink Lady Food truck was on hand to offer a delicious assortment of fresh New Mexican Cuisine and chocolate-covered strawberries. 

Located less than an hour from Albuquerque on Highway 4, Jemez has much to offer anyone looking for a day trip excursion. Nestled alongside the Jemez River stands tall cottonwood trees that leave the day traveler refreshed from the hustle and bustle of city life. Traveling down Highway 4, the day traveler will get a glimpse of Jemez Pueblo, and if you’re lucky enough, you can even get a taste of freshly baked or fried bread.  

As you travel down Highway 4, you will enter Jemez Springs with lots of quaint shops and spas. There are also fantastic restaurants and the Second-Alarm Brewery, which is highlighted in this month’s newsletter. As you continue down Highway 4 you will come across one of New Mexico’s natural wonders, the Soda Dam. 

This spectacular formation has built up over the centuries by deposits of calcium carbonate from a spring that bubbles to the surface at this point. The river flows under a dome that is still building. The dam is 300 feet long, 50 feet high and 50 feet wide at the bottom. 

The day traveler can carefully crawl inside the dome and sit in a geothermic pool or swim in the Jemez River that flows beneath the dam.  

The adventurous few can walk a trail leading from Highway 4 up over the dam.

Adobe Morning Day Spa and Retreat
Sarah and Cornelis Swarttouw love to connect with their clients while giving therapeutic massage in the sweet Hot Springs town of Jemez Springs, NM. 

Sarah makes organic products from local sources and also offers non-chemical high-quality spa products to her clients. The reasonably- priced Spa packages include facials, hydration
wraps, salt glows, foot scrubs, hot stone, and therapeutic massage. Situated in a relaxing converted adobe house located on Highway 4 in a tranquil valley next to the Jemez River and borders the National Forest. 

Sarah and Cornelis call Jemez their forever home, in fact, they purchased the property next door to the spa for an eventual overnight retreat center.
If a Spa treatment isn’t your cup of tea, drop your partner off and let Sarah and Cornelis pamper them and head over to the Second-Alarm Brewery just down the road at 17691 Highway 4. 
What's Brewing in Sandoval
We are in the golden age of beer. The diversity of beer styles is overwhelming, and beer drinkers have a seemingly endless array of books, websites and apps to guide them. To assist the avid connoisseur the Sandoval County Tourism Department will spotlight breweries in the communities that are featured.
Second-Alarm Brewery
Jess Lewis, Cody Lewis (Jess’s nephew), Dan Garcia just opened the Second-Alarm Brewery in a converted fire station that was built in the ’60s.  Jess’s family has deep roots in the Jemez Valley dating back to the 1920’s. In fact, his dad Ward Lewis was the founder of the volunteer fire station where Second-Alarm Brewery is located.
The Second-Alarm Brewery offers a wonderful cuisine from Monica’s Firehouse Grill with the Jemez signature Taco Dog. Are you asking yourself what exactly is a Taco Dog? It’s a hotdog split in half with cheese and green chile that’s rolled in a corn tortilla and deep-fried! Monica’s Firehouse Grill also has traditional pub-fare but with a New Mexican spin, like their smothered red or green chile burger to vegetarian options.

Jess’s signature brew is the Porter Landing, named after a historic location in Jemez, all of his brews are named for locations found in the local area. They specialize in IPA’s and Porters .

Your Perfect Venue for Weddings, Parties and Events!