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Soda Dam

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Address: Jemez Springs, NM

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An interesting road side stop

On the side of the road - no walking necessary to get to it. You can see all there is to see in about 10 minutes (20 if you choose to climb around the back of the falls to see the... read more

Reviewed 30 September 2016
Merrill B
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Essex, England
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304 reviews
159 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

Whilst taking the scenic route from Santa Fe to Albuquerque through the Jemez Mountains you come across this little natural rock dam. It's just so dam (!) picturesque! Tip: walk/climb up onto the top and get a friend to take a few pix of you - you'll look like a mountaineer or an intrepid explorer!

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Nashville, Tennessee
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33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

On the side of the road - no walking necessary to get to it. You can see all there is to see in about 10 minutes (20 if you choose to climb around the back of the falls to see the origin of the water)

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Thank Merrill B
Mineral, Virginia
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25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Great stop for picture taking. But hold your nose because the smell is a little overpowering. Well worth the stop.

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 

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Thank Judi W
Miami Beach, Florida
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411 reviews
214 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
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 

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Thank ARodriguezP
Los Alamos, New Mexico
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50 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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 

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Thank Heather H
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 16 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.

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Thank Charles H
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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125 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
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 

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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88 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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

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Thank Deborah B
Albuquerque
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79 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
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.

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