Wildlife Viewing Areas
 Search the U.S.
Find an AnimalFind a Viewing AreaPlan a TripAboutContact


Purchase the New Mexico wildlife viewing guide
Cienega Canyon
Nestled amid mixed conifers and ponderosa pines, this riparian area provides an excellent outdoor setting for the physically challenged, as well as for other visitors. A stream passes through woods and meadow, while the forested slopes of Sandia Peak’s eastern face rise on three sides.
more info

Sante Fe National Forest – Walatowa Visitor Center
Description: The Walatowa Visitor Center is owned and managed by the Pueblo of Jemez. In cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, the Walatowa Visitor Center disseminates information about the Pueblo of Jemez, Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez Mountain National Recreation Area, Jemez Wild and Scenic River, Jemez Mountain Trail National Scenic Byway, and Valles Caldera National Preserve. The Walatowa Visitor Center features a 180-gallon coldwater aquarium, cultural museum, gift shop, and travel information. Outside, visitors can explore a reconstructed field house, earthen oven, native arboretum, and red rock geology.

Wildlife to Watch: The Native Fish Aquarium is a 180-gallon cold-water aquarium and interactive display that highlights Santa Fe National Forest's native fish through visual learning. Visitors can see Rio Grande cutthroat trout, Rio Grande chub, Rio Grande sucker and longnose dace. Original artwork by grade school students and a professional artist and informative panels are complimented by an interactive display where visitors can learn about native fish.

Special Tips: Safety issues or concerns: Please do not tap on the aquarium glass. When exploring outside, be aware of your surroundings to avoid tripping. Extra caution should be taken when crossing the highway by foot to explore the red rocks area or to visit the road-side vendors. Please note that climbing on the red rocks is not allowed and access is limited because the site is on Pueblo of Jemez (tribal) lands.

Ownership: USDA Forest Service 
Size: N/A 
Closest Town: Jemez Springs

RestroomsParkingPicnic tablesHandicap AccessibleFeeDrinking Water

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Visitor Center Native Fish Display - Photo by USDA Forest Service
Please use Map Link below

Driving Directions:
From Albuquerque, NM: Take I-25 north to Bernalillo, exit #242, turn left heading west on US 550 to San Ysidro. At San Ysidro, merge right onto Highway 4. The Pueblo of Jemez- Walatowa Visitor Center is located at the Jemez Red Rocks (approximately 7 miles north of San Ysidro).

Map Link

Sante Fe National Forest – Walatowa Visitor Center : Wildlife Viewing Area