East Fork River Box

East Fork River Box Hike
In Jemez Mountains Region

Map File Source: Other

map Hike Key: H10709
Last Updated: 02/07/2022 12:00am
Last Updated By: Marilyn Fixer
Hike Class: A (Easy)
Hike Distance: 2.9 mi
Minimum Elevation: 7971 ft
Elevation Change: 215 ft
Total Uphill: 215 ft
Total Downhill: 215 ft
Avg. Grade: 1 %
Route Type: InOut
Protected: No
On Trail: Yes
Paved or Gravel Roads: Yes
GPS Advised: No
Drive Distance Round Trip: 140 mi
Drive Time One-Way: 1:45
Hiking Seasons: Summer
New Mexico Game Unit:
Hike Status: Place Holder
Attractions: Forest and Rock Formations


This is a short but very popular summer hike. A nice set of falls at the turnaround point.
Hike is through a pretty valley along and over and through the East Fork of the Jemez River.


Wear water shoes or bring an extra pair of shoes and socks. as you have to walk through the river after the log crossings stop. Bring poles to help keep your balance on logs.
Pictures: https://photos.app.goo.gl/oVaKzVDVvkRP8rEbA

Trailhead Directions

From Albuquerque take I-25 to Bernalillo. At Bernalillo take US 550 to San Ysidro. Take SR 4 north to La Cueva. Stay on SR 4 and go east for 5.5 miles to the point where the highway crosses over the South Fork of the Jemez River. Park along the shoulder of the road when you see the sign “East Fork Trailhead 1/2 mile”.

Actual Hike

Find a safe place to park along the shoulder of FR 4 and then proceed through or around the gate. Continue hiking NE along the river. You can start making the many river crossings on logs that are some times a little shaky but you will eventually have to walk through the river to get to the falls which is the turnaround point.


Park n35 49.664, w106 35.390
Falls n35 49.572, w106 34.360

Map Filename: Jemez River Slot Canyon

Text Author: Frank Ernst
Map Author: Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author: Frank Ernst
Track Author: Frank Ernst
Maintainer: Frank Ernst
Editor: Marilyn Warrant