New Mexico Hot Springs and Mineral Baths
Soda Dam Hot Springs at night - photo by
The following is a list
of both natural wilderness and developed geothermal assets in NM.
New Mexico has an abundance of Hot
Springs that span the gamut from long hikes in the wilderness to
luxurious spas. Sometimes this is an overlooked tourism resource that
brings many out of state visitors to NM that are specifically looking
for natural hot mineral water.
New Mexico is 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.
Southern New Mexico
Hot Springs of Gila Wilderness Area and the Gila River
Melanie Hot Springs,
about 2 hours north of Silver City on the edge of the Gila River. Mile
and a half hike of medium difficulty including about a dozen river
crossings. Be sure to bring your
and equipment for this journey. Ask locals for directions. Several rock pools, more when the
river is low, ranging in temperature between 98––102 F.
Gila Hot Springs Vacation Center,
505-536-9551. About 2 hours north of Silver City, not far from the Gila
Cliff Dwellings Visitor’’s Center. Lodging, RV park and a hot tub.
Gila Hot Springs –– River
Campground, about 2 hours north of Silver City along the banks of the
Gila River. Primitive campground with three mud pools ranging in
temperature between 105-110 F. Clothing optional.
Light Feather Hot Springs, on
the edge of the middle fork of the Gila River. A moderate mile long hike
(with two river crossings) from the Gila Cliff Dwellings Visitor’s
Center. A series of shallow rock and sand soaking pools with the
temperature variable according to how much cold river water is let in.
Get directions from the rangers at the Visitor’s Center. Bathing suits
Jordan Hot Springs, fairly
strenuous eight mile hike from the Gila Cliff Dwellings Visitor’s Center
(can be reached on horseback) with many (over 30) river crossings
(middle fork of the Gila River). Two log and rock pools averaging about
93 F. Get directions and hiking conditions from the rangers at the
Visitor’s Center. Clothing optional.
Turkey Creek Hot Springs, north
of the town of Gila. Several rock pools along the edge of Turkey Creek.
Tough four wheel drive road with five river crossings, then a difficult
three mile hike. Water temperature adjustable according to how much cold
water one allows to mix with the 160 F hot water that seeps out of rocks
at the creek edge. Make sure to get very good directions from the
locals. Clothing optional.
San Francisco Hot Springs, about
50 north of Silver City just south of the town of Glenwood. Moderate
hike of about one hour. Three natural sand bottom pools along the edge
of the San Francisco River of various temperatures. Clothing optional.
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Truth or Consequences
575 894 0894
Blackstone Hotsprings - a beautifully-restored
1930s motor court - offers newly remodeled luxury accommodations
in Truth or Consequences' Historic Hot Springs district.
Rooms are themed after popular television
characters or shows of the past, including Babaloo, As the World
Turns, Roy Rogers, The Golden Girls, and The Jetsons. Each room
has its own mineral water feature. All of our bedding is
top-quality. Rooms have refrigerated air, satellite television,
and free wireless.
The Wet Room, a tropical paradise that includes a large pool for
soaking plus a steam room with a shoulder-massaging waterfall,
is open to walk-ins from 9am-9pm daily, as are our two Historic
Artesian Bath House and Trailer Park,
312 Marr, 505-894-2684
Eight ceramic private drain and fill tubs at about 108 F are available
by the hour. RV hookups, massage by appointment. No Credit Cards.
Charles Motel and
Spa, 601 Broadway, 800-317-4518, 505-894-7154
Twenty newly remodeled apartment style motel units and nine private
individual drain and fill soaking tubs with both hot and cold water.
There is also a group tub on the roof. Massage therapy and spa service
available. Credit cards accepted. Reservation recommended.
311 Broadway 575-740-0315
Fire Water Lodge Hot Springs Spa offers a relaxing oasis for your
wellbeing and comfort. We offer geothermal hot mineral water tubs in our
rooms. Spa services are available with our healing arts professionals.
We are located in downtown Truth or Consequences, New Mexico in the
heart of the Historic Bathhouse District. Our historic adobe motel
building is a 50's style motor court with classic charm. The guest rooms
surround a charming garden sitting area with a fire pit. This is
southwestern New Mexico at its finest!
Springs, 300 Austin Ave., 505-894-2228
Five indoor tubs and a larger outdoor pool with gravel bottoms with
temperature ranging between 101––107 F. Massage Therapy available.
Indian Springs, 218 Austin, 505-894-2018 Motel units include
use of baths.
Springs, 311 Marr, 877-894-9286
Five gravel bottom private pools with temperatures ranging from 105 to
111 F. Several newly remodeled rooms for accommodations. Massage
therapy. Reservations recommended.
Springs, 100 Austin 505-894-6183
Several outdoor soaking pools along the banks of the Rio Grande.
Temperatures range between 104––107 F. Overnight accommodations and
public day use.
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Northern New Mexico
Hot Springs of the Upper Rio Grande
Resort, 505- 583-2223
located in the foothills of the Carson National Forest, in the town of
Ojo Caliente, between Santa Fe and Taos. Five different springs with
different temperatures and mineral content; indoor and outdoor pools
with temperatures ranging from 85-106F. Bathing suits required. Credit
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
Stagecoach (Manby) Hot Springs,
located north of Taos, west of the town of Arroyo Hondo. It is about a
15-20 minute walk off a dirt road. Ask locals for directions. Three
shallow sand-bottomed rock pools on the east 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
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
McCauley Hot Springs, located
west of Santa Fe, north of the town of Jemez Springs. It is a moderately
strenuous 2-mile hike. Ask locals for directions. Large, shallow, warm
pool that flows into several smaller, deeper pools with temperatures
85-90 F. 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 not great soaking.
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.
Springs Hot Springs Jemez Springs, 505-829-9175
Bathing suits required. Reservations strongly recommended. Pool
temperature is 102-104.
Bodhi Manda Zen Center Motel and Hot
Springs, situated along the Jemez River in Jemez Springs,
505-829-3854 A four-unit motel. Three sand-bottom rock pools with the
river next to the pools for a cold plunge. Call first –– no drop-ins.
Bathing suits required.
BathHouse, located in the park on the main street of Jemez
A well-maintained bathhouse with eight
private rooms and one outdoor private group tub. Clothing optional. Spa
treatments available. Reservations recommended.