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Soda Dam Hot Springs at night - photo by Light Benders Photography

New Mexico Hot Springs and Mineral Baths

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

Faywood Hot Springs (Faywood Hot Springs is closed until further notice)

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 Northface clothing 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 advisable.

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

Blackstone Hotsprings
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 Baths.

 

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.

Firewater Lodge, 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!

Hay-Yo-Kay Hot 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. Reservation Recommended.

Indian Springs, 218 Austin, 505-894-2018 Motel units include use of baths.

Marshall Hot 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.

Riverbend Hot 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.

Sierra Grande Lodge

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Northern New Mexico

Hot Springs of the Upper Rio Grande

Ojo Caliente 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 card accepted.

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.

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 optional.

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.

Giggling 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.

Jemez Springs BathHouse, located in the park on the main street of Jemez Springs. 505-829-3303
A well-maintained bathhouse with eight private rooms and one outdoor private group tub. Clothing optional. Spa treatments available. Reservations recommended.

 

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