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For some time, I heard about the tunnels out of Jemez in the Jemez mountains.  Did not find them during a couple trips into the area.  A ham radio friend (and photographer) mapped it for me.  To find the tunnels, take US 550 to San Ysidro. North on NM 4 to just North of Jemez Pueblo.  Take NM 485 which turns into Forest Service road 376.

The tunnels were build by the Santa Fe North Western Railway in the 1920s.  The route was for access to area lumber and mining companies.  The tunnels were named for the railroad's VP of Operations, William H Gilman.

I will revisit the tunnels to take more photos when I can (forgot to shoot inside the tunnels).  After visiting the tunnels, I continued on Forest Service road 376 to NM 126.  The forest service road surface is gravel.  Other than some dust, it was a pleasant drive.

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At NM 126, I drove on NW to check out Fenton Lake State Park.  Very small lake with an impressive sign.  Fee area, so I headed back to NM4 and South, stopping for a few photos of 'battleship Rock and Soda Dam.   Last stop on my trip was White Mesa mountain bike trails.  

Stopped at a Subway on the way home to pick up lunch.  Was home before noon.  Total trip mileage was 150 miles.

Spring 2018 I made another trip to Gilman Tunnels.  The graffiti has mostly gone after the cleaning.  I waited a little later in the day for more light.  Photos from this trip are here.

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