BY ERICA ASMUS-OTERO
The annual Jemez Mountain Trail Sale, which takes place Oct. 21 and 22, is celebrating its 20 years as the longest and most scenic yard sale in New Mexico, with stops from San Ysidro throughout the Jemez Valley. “Cluster” locations will be peppered along the Jemez Mountain Scenic Byway, which traverses 163 miles. The sale will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m both days.
This year, in lieu of a physical map, shoppers may download a list of seller locations on the “Yard Sale Treasure Map” app. The app is free for Android and Apple SmartPhone users. Also new this year, the Village of Cuba, NM has joined on as the newest community participating in the sale. Several cluster locations are available in Cuba.
“The Trail Sale has evolved over the past two decades, where we now have almost 163 miles of locations throughout the beautiful Jemez Valley,” said organizer Talty Robinson. “What hasn’t changed, however, is the unparalleled beauty of the fall colors which are at their peak this time of year along the Scenic Byway.”
The Trail Sale has long been a popular event for anyone trying to sell unwanted items, and for bargain shoppers looking for treasures. The Trail Sale has also proven to be beneficial for non profits – such as churches, clubs and organizations – who are hoping to capture shoppers along the scenic route.
Nearly any legal item may be sold. Food sales require a permit from the State of New Mexico in order to sell. Items that have sold in the past include clothing, toys, tools, artwork, kitchen utensils and appliances, boats, DVDs, RVs, pottery, food, jewelry, fruit, firewood and more.
Sellers are encouraged to team up with family and friends, as buyers are more likely to stop at larger multi-family sales. Sellers are also advised to create signage to encourage sellers to stop.
The Trail Sale is open to anyone, and there are typically no fees to set up. Selling locations are not allowed at the Jemez Springs Plaza, and it is illegal to set up on highway right-of-ways and forest lands. Cluster locations at private businesses or homes must be approved in advance. Cluster locations to date include:
• Cañon – Jemez Helping Hands located at 4417 NM-4. Contact Wendy via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jemezhelpinghands/about
• Cañon – Jemez Valley Community Center at 8154 NM-4. Call 575-834-7630.
• Cañon – Biddy Mo and Joe’s Snow Shack at NM-4 and NM-485. Contact Anna at 505-362-5251.
• Cañon – Well Lookie Here store at 10902-A Hwy 4. Contact Carol at 575-834-0528. • Cuba – PMS Cuba Clinic
• Cuba – First Baptist Church at 6361 US-550.
• Cuba – NAPA Auto Parts at 6379 Main St.
• Cuba – Del Prado Motel at 6380 US-550.
• Cuba – Herrera Cannabis Co at 6404 US-550
• Jemez Pueblo – Walatowa Visitor Center at 7413 NM-4. Space is limited. • Jemez Springs – Weekends located at 50 Canyon Ct. Contact Colleen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• La Cueva – La Cueva Lodge at 38690 NM-126. Reservations required. Call Heidi at 575-261-9505.
• La Cueva – Jemez Mountain Baptist Church at 6 Riverview Ct. Call 575-829-3181. • Thompson Ridge – Aspen Ridge Alpacas at 790 Aspen Dr. Contact Mickey at 575-829-3312.
Travelers are asked to drive slowly through Jemez Pueblo and Jemez Springs. Travelers on NM-4 can expect to see roads lined with yellow daisies, golden snakeweed, and orange and gold-hued Cottonwood trees trailing the Jemez River with the backdrop of the rust colored Jemez Mountains.
For the most updated information regarding the Trail Sale, visit
or contact Talty Robinson at email@example.com