Hot springs represent a razón de ser in our beautiful state. You learn to love that smell (see the paragraph at the end of this list for your lesson as to why some have that special aroma). As the weather cools, it’s a particularly exceptional New Mexico experience.
New Mexico’s hot springs span the gamut from long hikes in the wilderness to luxurious spas. It’s a tourism resource that brings many out of state visitors to New Mexico who are specifically looking for natural hot mineral water, since we’re blessed with some of the finest hot springs on the planet Earth. There are beautiful springs at the end of a long hike in the wilderness, lovely gems that are only a short hike, and resorts that run the gamut from rustic to luxurious.
Note: Some areas are clothing optional (nude), and some require bathing suits. Please check ahead.
Northern New Mexico
Hot Springs of the Upper Rio Grande
Black Rock Hot Springs – located north of Taos, west of the town of Arroyo Hondo. It is about a 5-10 minute walk off a dirt road. Ask locals for directions. Two mud-bottomed rock pools on the west bank of the Rio Grande. Pool temperatures are usually about 97 F depending on how high the river is. Clothing optional.
Montezuma Hot Springs – located six miles northwest of the town of Las Vegas on the grounds of the United World College. Three clusters of concrete soaking pools of various sizes and temperatures. Bathing suits required.
Hot Springs of the Jemez Mountains
San Antonio Hot Springs – located west of Santa Fe, north of the town of Jemez Springs. It is about a 10 minute walk from where you can park. Ask locals for directions. A series of rock pools built along the hillside of San Diego Canyon. The hottest pool is about 105 F with the lower ones progressively cooler. Clothing optional.
Soda Dam Hot Springs – located west of Santa Fe, north of the town of Jemez Springs. A cluster of small hot spring pools with spectacular scenery, however this is not a great place for soaking, as it is right off the highway.
Spence Hot Spring – located west of Santa Fe, north of the town of Jemez Springs. An easy short hike. Ask locals for directions. Several sand-bottom pools on a steep hillside on the east side of the Jemez River. Water temperature between 100 –– 110 F. Clothing optional.
Jemez Hot Springs – Originating from the Valles Caldera National Preserve about 17 miles up the mountain, these hot springs offer four therapeutic mineral water pools of varying temperatures with built-in seating, and temperatures ranging from 98 to 105. Bathing suits required. Reservations strongly recommended, 575-829-9175.
Jemez Springs BathHouse – located in the park on the main street of Jemez Springs. A well-maintained bathhouse with eight private rooms and one outdoor private group tub. Clothing optional. Spa treatments available. Reservations recommended, 575-829-3303.
This article was posted by Cheryl Fallstead