Discover the History of Sandoval County

New Mexico is steeped in rich history and deep cultural ties that carry on to this day. By visiting Sandoval County, you can dive in headfirst to discover the past. Whether you’re a history buff or an immersive traveler, you’ll find a variety of opportunities to explore ancient sites, caves, national parks, and more.

To get the most out of your visit, consider adding these stops:

    Explore history at Casa San Ysidro

     You won’t want to miss this historic house that was built around 1875. The house’s architecture is as much a sight to behold as is the art housed in its collections. Explore artifacts, furniture, religious art, tools, weavings, pottery, and much more—all dating back to the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.  

    Jemez National Historic Landmark

    One of the most stunning sites in the region, the Jemez National Historical Landmark features the stone remnants of a 700-year-old village and church. 

    Bandelier National Monument

    A popular choice among visitors, Bandelier National Monument offers hiking and biking trails as well as provides the opportunity to climb ladders and explore the homes of ancient Puebloan cliff dwellers. 

    Cabezon Peak

    One of the most prominent volcanic necks in the lava fields of Mount Taylor, Cabezon Peak is a sight to behold. Tied to religious significance for the Pueblo and Navajo people, Cabezon Peak is a must-see! 

    Sandia Man Cave

     For those seeking an experiential visit, Sandia Man Cave offers an up-close view of life as a cliff dweller. 

    Gilman Tunnels

     Part of the former Santa Fe Northwestern Railway, the tunnels were once used to transport lumber from the mountains. Today, the trails and tunnels offer some of the most beautiful backdrops for photos and sightseeing.

    Photo Credit: Erica Asmus Otero 

    Fenton Lake State Park

    The Jemez Mountains provide the backdrop for this stunning year-round retreat surrounded by beautiful ponderosa pine forests. Fenton Lake State Park is a mellow mountain escape for all-year fun for hiking, biking, fishing, and camping. 

    For additional historic landmarks and sites and to plan your visit: