New Mexico’s moniker – “Land of Enchantment” is proudly displayed upon all license plates issued within the state, and for very good reason. Although this is an arid land of cactus, scrub-bush and tumbleweeds, it is also replete with pockets of natural geothermal activity bubbling up from the earth. Happening upon one or more of these oases is a welcome soak, soothing and melting away even the most weary traveller’s (or anyone’s) aches and pains.

Natural Versus Developed

Essentially, hot springs are broken down into 2 basic formats depending upon the extent of man harnessing their properties and thus sharing or capitalising on their attributes. The former are known as “natural springs” with little or no intervention from man, apart from the careful placement of some large stones to “dam up” the thermal waters into soaking pools. Generally they are free and open to the public for all to enjoy.

The latter are typically referred to as spas or resorts. They are independently owned and operated on privately held land. Under the watchful eyes of their guardians, the waters are monitored and maintained, keeping their microbial balance in check. On-site care-takers enforce the indited rules and ensure a controlled operation, keeping health and safety at the forefront.

The Naked Truth

There are a few things to keep in mind before you go visiting any hot springs, more specifically those that are considered “natural” springs. Firstly, there is the “clothing optional clause”. If you are uncomfortable, embarrassed or offended by nudity you may want to be prepared for an eyeful at some hot springs. Unless explicitly posted, many people come to natural hot springs to partake in bathing “au naturel”.

Apparently the U.S. National Forest Service implements a policy of clothing being mandatory on it’s property, even though it was not specifically posted at any of the springs we attended on their property. I have yet to find a written dictum within the U.S. National Forest Rules and Guidelines, but we were told by a U.S. Forestry Service Ranger that they (rangers), do have the authority to cite anyone caught bathing nude in hot springs on designated “U.S. National Forest Land”.

To add to the hearsay, we were also told by a fellow au naturel bather that according to the U.S. National Forest Service it is “just the bottom bits, i.e. reproductive areas” that need to be covered on both males and females. If anyone out there can “lay bare” the real truth on all of this, I will gladly welcome some clarification on this matter.

More Sensory Overload!

Another consideration to take into account is, for many people toking up whilst soaking up the natural surroundings is all par for the course. Again, if this is something that may offend you, you have been warned.

Temperatures

The temperatures of hot springs – natural or spa (resort) – can fluctuate a few degrees daily and indeed throughout the day. All temperatures cited per hot spring below are reflective of the time that we were there and took a reading from the respective pools.

Jerry Taking the Temperature of Manby Hot Springs

A 10 degree variance may not seem like much but it can very well be the difference between comfortable and scalding to the body. Exercise caution before plunging yourself into any hot springs.

Tips for Taking in the Waters

1.) Drink plenty of water. I cannot stress enough how important this is. Bring lots of water with you. As you soak you sweat, even though it may not seem like you are. Replenish your fluids or you may pass out.

2.) There is no need to boil yourself alive in order to feel like you are getting the full effect of the hot springs. Go for the Nordic sauna effect and temper your soaks with a cooling down period out of the water.

3.) Know your limits, if you feel woozy after getting out of the water, perhaps you should call it a day.

4.) Wear flip flops, Tevas or some sort of water shoes. Every now and then an idiot breaks glass in the natural pools, or leaves behind the metal casings of their tea-lights.

5.) The pools are for relaxing in, not for taking a bath. Do not bring soap, shampoo, shower gel etc. into the hot springs with the intention of having a good scrub.

Pools Prologue

There is absolutely no rhyme or reason to the following list. They are all hot springs within New Mexico that we visited and they cover the gamut from kicking down some cash and treating yourself, to hiking 10 miles round trip for a free soak. We both happily partook in the research for this piece. There are no favourites; well there kind of are, but there are just too many tie-breakers for first place!


Manby (Stagecoach) Hot Springs, Taos, New Mexico

Getting There

Get the “alltrails” app. Even if like us you do not have any kind of data package and you rely on free wifi, the maps on “alltrails” will still work.

Located North of Taos. From Highway 522 North at mile 5.3 turn west onto County Road B007. Go about 2.5 miles and turn left onto another dirt road just before B007 makes a hard turn to the right. This stretch of road to the Manby Hot Springs parking lot needs to be taken slowly. Continue past the “Dobson House” sign and take the next left fork. Continue until you reach the large parking lot for Manby (Stagecoach) Hot Springs.

Road Conditions

Yet again Little Elvis II (our van) rose to the challenge of our off road aspirations. For anyone who has read my piece on “the Road to Chaco Canyon”, which presented quite the challenge, it pales in comparison to the trenches, ruts and dips that just about capsized and swallowed LE II on this “advanture”.

I believe we made it because conditions were dry. Many people actually live down this road; I’ll wager they invest in new shocks and suspensions on a regular basis. Do you need a 4 wheel drive/high clearance vehicle? No, but take it slow and gauge the conditions of the road and your driving capabilities.

Price

Free

Hours

No restrictions as long as you have a flashlight!

Water Temperature

91 degrees to 101 degrees Fahrenheit

Clothing Optional

Yes

The Pools

The location of these pools is absolutely stunning. They are nestled at the bottom of the Río Grande Gorge. There are 3 pools, one of which is small and somewhat insignificant. They are each of slightly varying degrees in temperature. There is a fourth pool but the water level of the river would have to be lower in order for it to be viable. The pools are roughly 2′ deep and are natural sandy/gravel bottomed.

From the parking lot it is about a 15 minute hike down into the gorge (0.9 mile). Due to the effort involved in getting here the springs are less frequented than their nearby counterpart – “Blackrock Hot Springs”.

Lay back and enjoy the towering views of the gorge as it looms overhead, whilst all you can hear is the babbling and rushing of the river as  it tumbles over rocks and pushes it’s way through this incredible natural backdrop.

Camping

Not designated, but we did see someone had set a tent up near the parking area. Please be mindful this is a residential area. My guess would be camping is not tolerated.

Toilets

There was an incredibly clean porta-potty near the parking area when we were there.

Note of Interest

It seems strange that the pools would bear reference to a name (Manby) that holds a sinister notoriety within Taos. Arthur Manby was a swindling conniver whose renown for illicit dealings has earned him an immortal reputation. One of his schemes was the bathhouse he constructed on land he never actually owned – Manby Hot Springs. He came to a mysterious demise, decapitated in his own home in 1929. The main pool still has the ruins of the west wall of Manby’s bathhouse as a feature; this is also the warmest pool.

Remnants of the West Wall of Manby’s Bathhouse

Apparently there was also a brothel and general store for the convenience of visitors to the hot springs back in the day, as well.

Historical Ruins of an Enterprising Business Owner

As the alternative name “Stagecoach” suggests, there is a bit of history to these pools. As you look across the river you can see the remainders of the old retaining walls of the stagecoach road; they switchback right the way up the embankment. It seems unfathomable that a stagecoach could have made it down here!

Note the Switchbacks of the Old Stagecoach Road Up the Embankment

Manby (Stagecoach) Hot Springs comes with a strong Drifter’s recommendation.


Blackrock Hot Springs, Taos, New Mexico

Getting There

Located North of Taos. From Highway 522 North at mile 5.3 turn west onto County Road B007. After about 2.5 miles, the road turns hard to the right. Continue on, staying to the left and downhill until you reach a narrow one-lane bridge that takes you across the Hondo River, then cross the John Dunn Bridge over the Rio Grande. Go left uphill and park at the first switchback. It’s about a 5-10 minute walk on an easy trail down to the pools.

Road Conditions

As you can see, the directions are essentially the same way in as they are to Manby, except for Manby Springs you take a different turn-off of B007 County Road. As stated above, go slow and gauge the conditions of the road. This road was not quite as bad as the dirt road to Manby, but remember you are driving down an incredibly steep gradient, with no guardrails. Just take your time.

Price

Free

Hours

No restrictions as long as you have a flashlight! It does state “day use only”, but this is not monitored.

Water Temperature

101 degrees Fahrenheit

Clothing Optional

Yes

The Pools

There are 2 pools but conditions have to be right for access to both pools. When we were there the river was too high and had engulfed one of the pools. The pool that was accessible could fit about 6 adults snugly. The pool is mud/gravel bottomed.

Camping

The sign says it all! That would be a “no” to camping.

Toilets

There are some pit toilets located around the “John Dunn Bridge”. This is a popular recreational area: fishing, hiking, biking, swimming etc.

Overview

The location is stunning. Just like Manby, the pools are located at the bottom of the Río Grande Gorge. Unlike Manby, Blackrock is easier to access and it’s popularity reflects this. I believe it would be difficult to ever have this pool/these pools to yourself.

A Couple of Drifters Were Here

Ponce de Leon, Taos, New Mexico

Getting There

Again I recommend the “alltrails” app to find a location like this that has no signs.

Located in Ranchos de Taos, these hot springs are incredibly unique, beautiful and worth checking out. From Taos centre take NM Route 68 South several miles to Ranchos de Taos. Take a left on State road 382, after about a mile the road forks; take the left fork, the road will become unpaved but it is not too bad of a road, just a bit of a washboard. Stay on “Miranda Canyon Road”, where you reach a junction. Continue, and you will see a gated dirt road on your right. Park your car and walk through the gated area – this is actually the continuation of Miranda Canyon Road, but it is on Taos Pueblo land and off-limits to most. It is posted that “you are granted temporary access to the land” as long as you abide by the conditions listed on the posted sign.

Road Conditions

The dirt road is in quite good condition as stated above, just a bit washboard-like and only for a couple of miles.

Price

Free

Hours

Daylight hours only

Water Temperature

91 degrees Fahrenheit

Clothing Optional

Not sure, there is nothing in the posted signage pertaining to clothing. There is a sacred pool on-site but it is off limits to the general public.

The Pools

Once you have parked your vehicle and entered the gated area, it is about a 15 minute easy walk to the springs – just under a mile. There are no signs to guide you to the pools but following the main trail will take you to the vicinity of the pools, you then have to keep your eyes peeled for remnants of the old resort, predominantly the old olympic sized pool now overgrown with reeds.

The Trail to Ponce de Leon Hot Springs

There are 3 pools that are accessible. Beyond the pools is a sacred area/pool that is cordoned off with a wooden palisades fence – for tribal use only.

Behind the Wooden Palisades is the Cordoned Off Sacred Area

The water is crystal clear and there are gravel bottoms in each of the pools. The two main pools, i.e. the large pool and the smaller one at it’s upper end (by the palisades), are about 3.5′ deep. The small pool off to the side is quite shallow – roughly 1′ deep.

Camping

No camping. This is strictly day use; remember you are on Taos Pueblo property. Respect the posted rules.

Toilets

No

Note of Interest

Although they are not exactly hot springs – more on the tepid side, they are absolutely mesmerizing. They are an enigma in the middle of nowhere. They have been deftly attributed to the conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon (first governor of Puerto Rico), who is refuted to have gone in search of “the fountain of youth”.

From the little research I could glean on-line, they were once a resort early in the 20th Century (1928), but the resort closed and they fell into a state of decay and disrepair. After decades of existing in limbo, finally in July 2012 legal ownership of the parcel of land, complete with the hot springs, was transferred from Taos Land Trust to Taos Pueblo. Public access is granted by the Pueblo in accordance with their posted etiquette rules.

Ponce de Leon Hot Springs comes with a strong Drifter’s recommendation.


Montezuma, Las Vegas, New Mexico

Directions

From Las Vegas, New Mexico take State Route 65 North, about 5 miles to the little town of Montezuma. There will be the remains of some early 20th Century buildings (the old ice-house) that were part of Montezuma Castle, on the side of the road just before the springs. You can’t miss the springs – they are just on the right-hand side of the road. Park on the road, where there will most likely be many other vehicles parked. The springs are just beyond the guardrail and are a 5 second walk from there. Up on the hill overlooking the springs you will see Montezuma’s Castle, now Armand Hammer United World College.

Price

Free

Hours

Daylight hours only. See below

Water Temperature

Varies: Of the 3 pools that are clustered together, the upper pool (the lobster pot) was a rather hot 116 degrees Fahrenheit, the middle pool was a perfect 110 degrees Fahrenheit and the lower pool was 107 degrees Fahrenheit.

“The Toaster” was an incredibly toasty 118.5 degrees Fahrenheit the first day we visited and a more temperate 113 degrees the day we had a soak in it.

The outlying 3 pools down near “the Toaster” and the original bath-house structure ranged from 91 – 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

Clothing Optional

Clothing is mandatory. See the above sign stating “Hot Spring Rules”.

The Pools

Montezuma Hot Springs, Las Vegas, New Mexico
“The Lobster Pot”, 116 degrees Fahrenhiet

The pools are not terribly big and can be a bit cozy. The bottoms of the pools are stones/rocks. The Toaster is one of the deeper pools, around 5′ deep. Nearby, you can cool off in the Gallinas Creek.

If you get here early and manage to get one of the more comfortable temperature pools to yourself, your soak will leave you feeling like a very happy boneless chicken!

The Toaster with it’s bagel slot and plain ol’ toast shaped slot and also a toasty 118.5 degrees F.

Camping

Day use only. Again, note the hours posted on the above sign per the Armand Hammer UWC (United World College) USA; the land-holders.

Toilets

No

Note of Interest

The original name of the site was “Las Vegas Hot Springs” and it was the location of a hotel in the early 1880’s. The therapeutic waters of the hot springs were the hotel’s selling point as salutary to those with rheumatism, tuberculosis and other ailments. This was also the site of New Mexico’s first buildings to have electric lighting.

Montezuma Hot Springs comes with a strong Drifter’s recommendation.


Spence Hot Springs, Jemez, New Mexico

Directions

Located on New Mexico Route 4, about 7 miles North of the village of Jemez Springs, and about 1.5 miles South of where Route 126 connects with Route 4 at La Cueva. There is no sign to denote the springs but there is a parking lot with room for about 10/12 cars at the trailhead. Once you get on the trail it is very easy to find the springs. The trail is very well maintained. Initially you hike down to the San Antonio Creek, followed by a relatively steep climb up the embankment to the springs. It is only about a 10 minute hike.

 

Price

Free

Hours

No restrictions as long as you have a flashlight!

Water Temperature

Varied, we clocked 83 degrees Fahrenheit, 91 degrees Fahrenheit and 94 degrees Fahrenheit in the cave.

Clothing Optional

As this is located on U.S. National Forest land, you can be cited by a ranger if caught bathing nude. However many folk take their chances and do bathe nude here.

The Pools

The View is Still Beautiful, Spence Hot Springs, New Mexico

There are 2 pools here. The upper pool has a small cave where you could steam if the water was hot enough. The bottoms of the pools are muddy, gravel/stones.

We used to visit here quite frequently when we lived in Albuquerque 19 years ago. Unfortunately our most recent visit here left us sad, with just the memories that we have from way back when. The waters in the springs are quite tepid compared to how they used to be. The water is also quite murky, dank and stagnant; the springs don’t seem to flow like they used to. We just took a photo from inside the cave and couldn’t be bothered soaking in the uninviting abyss.

Obviously, due to the relatively easy access to the springs this is also a highly trafficked site, contributing to their demise.

The Now-Murky Waters of Spence Hot Springs

Camping

There are nearby campgrounds on U.S. National Forest Land. We stayed at “Redondo Campground”. Fire pits are provided, but bring your own firewood if you plan on building a fire. There are pit toilets on the U.S. National Forest campgrounds.

“Redondo Campground”, Jemez, New Mexico

Toilets

No, not at Spence Hot Springs.

Note of Interest

The water is heated from the nearby super volcano – “Valles Caldera National Preserve”. It is definitely worth driving out to the caldera, on Route 4 towards Los Alamos, where there is a stunning overlook of the caldera.


Indian Springs – Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

Address/Contact

Address: 218 Austin Street, Truth or Consequences, NM

Telephone: (575) 894 2018

No Website

Indian Springs, Truth or Consequences, NM

Price

$5 per person per half hour for a walk-in soak

Hours

8am-9pm Daily

Water Temperature

104 degrees Fahrenheit

Clothing Optional

Yes as it was just the two of us in the smaller pool. I’m not sure about the bigger pool. It may depend on the folks using it at the time. Best to ask if you’re sharing with strangers.

The Pools

There are 2 pools. The larger (6’x8′) can hold 4 to 6 people and the smaller (4’x4′) is suitable for 1 or 2 people. We opted for the smaller pool, which was perfect for the two of us. We did not see the larger pool, so the description that follows is of the smaller pool.

Indian Springs. The Smaller Pool is the Door on the Right.

These are artesian fed pools with gravel bottoms. They are predominantly natural flow but there is a small pump assisting in maintaining the water supply. Walk-ins are on a first-come-first-served basis. There are hooks to hang your belongings and a clock to keep an eye on time. There are also some seats whereby you can sit and cool off. The smaller pool is a depth of 4’2″. Indeed a great soak, incredibly relaxing and no sulphuric smell.

Lodging

Indian Springs was established in the 1930’s and has 6 units on the property for rent; all but one of the 6 units have kitchenettes. The unit without the kitchenette does have it’s own shower. The other 5 contain a toilet and sink, but do not have showers/baths. There is an outdoor shower for guests and all lodgers get 2 free half hour baths per day.

Lodging Prices

$50 per night

$190 per week

$400 per month

Overview

We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to chat with Barbara, the owner of Indian Springs. She very kindly gave us a tour of the property and graciously gave up her time to answer all of our questions. This lady is a hot spring afficionada; her favourite springs are Bagby Springs in Oregon. Not only was she incredibly informative but she was emphatic in her praise and gratitude to Dennis, the caretaker of Indian Springs for the last 30 years. She is very appreciative of all of his hard work. The lovely, sweet Barbara can also be found teaching Sheng Zhen Gong in the mornings on the grounds of Indian Springs.

Myself and the Lovely Barbara

Blackstone Hot Springs, Lodgings & Baths, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

Address/Contact

Address: 410 Austin Street, Truth or Consequences, NM

Telephone: (575) 894 0894

Website: www.blackstonehotsprings.com

Blackstone Hot Springs, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

Price

Blackstone Hot Springs offers various luxury bath experiences at different price levels. Click here to find the rates for walk-ins for each of the baths on offer.

Hours

9am-9pm Daily (Walk-Ins).

Water Temperature

Varies, but 106 degrees Fahrenheit, the historic tub in our room

Clothing Optional

The baths are private. Once you pay it is yours for the allotted amount of time. Disrobing is up to you.

The Tubs   

As I have stated there are different tubs and each room also has it’s own unique tub. We had “the Studio” which contains one of the remaining 3 original tubs from the 1930’s. We spent the bulk of our time soaking in the tub; it was complete relaxation with no shortage of hot water. There have been so many times since our stay when one of us has said to the other “wish we were soaking at Blackstones right now”. It is the ultimate bath-tub.

Lodging

We spent 2 nights in “the Studio”. This is the most comfortable bed either of us have ever slept on. It was like sleeping on a cloud. The minor attention to details was also striking – the room was an ambient temperature when we entered and there was some cool, soothing music playing.

Perhaps our gusto could be attributed to the fact that we are not used to staying in “nice” places, (our budget is $15 each per day, typically). It’s quite the achievement to get a towel each in the places we usually stay, never mind a bath robe and a couple of towels each, so this was absolute luxury.

There was a fridge and a microwave, perfect for cheapskates like us. The cooker does not work but that does not matter, I don’t think most people who stay here have any intention of cooking.

We also want to mention the staff and how well they managed the whole operation. They were friendly without being over-bearing and pushy and at the same time they were not stand-offish. They were the perfect complement to the property. Both Robin and Czesia were incredibly sweet and helpful with tips on the town and other hot springs and they also gave us our privacy. Robin very kindly gave us a tour of the property for a piece I am soon to write and Czesia gave us a pass for a local museum. The staff were a major contributing factor in our overall impression of Blackstone Hot Springs.

World’s Most Comfortable Bed (and It’s a Murphy Bed)

Lodging Prices

Staying at Blackstone was a birthday treat for me (us). This is not typical of our lodgings, though we wish it were. It would be heavenly if this could be our daily budget – and digs.

We paid $97.33 (inc. tax) per night. It was worth every penny!

Note of Interest

The town was originally called Hot Springs, New Mexico. In 1950 there was a competition held by a game show called “Truth or Consequences” challenging a town anywhere in the U.S. to change it’s name to the name of the game show. After a vote on March 31st, 1950, the town of Hot Springs officially changed it’s name the following day, April 1st, 1950 to Truth or Consequences. Every year there is a fiesta to celebrate the name change, although rumour has it there are some in town who have held out and still have their post addressed to Hot Springs, New Mexico.

Blackstone Hot Springs, Lodgings and Baths comes with a strong Drifter’s recommendation.


San Antonio Hot Springs, Jemez, New Mexico

Directions

From the beginning of Route 126 at La Cueva, which is about 10 miles North of Jemez Springs village, look for forest service road 376 at approximately mile marker 36. Turn right onto forest service road. There will be a small parking area just as you turn onto the service road. If you are driving anything other than a high clearance vehicle, you will be leaving your car here and hiking the 5 miles one-way to the hot springs.

As you hike you will think the road is not that bad, until you get to the points where it is bad. Really bad. You’ll be glad you left your vehicle behind.

For those of you with a high clearance vehicle who could make it up this road, please note that there is a gate by the initial parking area that is typically closed and locked for the Winter. I don’t know the exact dates but you can always check locally or with the Forest Service. If you have a high clearance vehicle, there is a parking area near the springs. From this parking area it is about a 15 minute hike.

Road Conditions

Forest Service Road 376

The hike itself is not bad and is relatively level. There is a slight elevation gain at the beginning of the hike and then a steeper short hike up to the actual springs themselves, where they are located on a hillside.

Sunrise, Hiking to San Antonio Hot Springs, Jemez, New Mexico
Sunrise, Hiking to San Antonio Hot Springs, Jemez, New Mexico

Price

Free

Hours

No restrictions as long as you have a flashlight!

Water Temperature

106 degrees Fahrenheit at the upper pool, which is the hottest. The pools get slightly cooler as you descend.

Clothing Optional

As these springs are located on U.S. National Forest land, you can be cited by a ranger if caught bathing nude. However many folk take their chances and do bathe nude here. It is quite unlikely that you will encounter a ranger but be warned you might.

The Pools

San Antonio hot springs are completely and utterly amazing. There are 6/7 pools in all cascading down the hill side. The views are stunning. The water is crystal clear and the pools are gravel/pebble bottomed.

The closer you get to the springs the vistas become incredibly alpine-like. The upper pool has 3 pipes shooting hot water out of them. There is a thoughtfully placed rock-seat directly under them and you can have the most powerful hydro massage as you sit there; like being pummeled by thousands of tiny karate chops.

Camping

There are many U.S. National Forest campgrounds within the Jemez vicinity. We stayed at “Redondo Campground”. Fire pits are provided but bring your own firewood if you plan on building a fire. There are pit toilets on the U.S. National Forest campgrounds.

“Redondo Campground”, Jemez, New Mexico

Toilets

No, not at San Antonio Hot Springs

Overview

Hopefully the extra effort involved in getting here keeps the masses at bay and keeps this area in a pristine natural condition.

San Antonio Hot Springs comes with a strong Drifter’s recommendation.


Gila Hot Springs, Silver City, New Mexico

Contact

Telephone: (575) 536 9944

Website: www.gilahotspringscampground.com

Directions

From Silver City New Mexico, go North on Route 15. It is about 40 miles to Gila Hot Springs.

 Price

Day Soak $5 per person

Camping $6 per person, including all of your soaking.

Cash Only

Hours

Day Use is limited to Daylight Hours Only

Water Temperature

105 degrees Fahrenheit

Clothing Optional

The following is taken directly from Gila hot springs campground website, #9 under “Rules”

“In order that everyone feel welcome and comfortable, suits are required in the pools.  After dark, clothing may be optional, provided all in the pool are comfortable with this.  We expect all guests to be respectful of others”.

The Pools

There are 3 pools with gravel bottoms. 2 of the pools have overhead canopies for shade. The water is crystal clear and we witnessed the cleaning of one of the pools whilst we were there. We were also aware that the temperatures were monitored several times throughout the day. There are seating areas within the pools and around the pools. All 3 pools are of a depth of about 2′ deep.

Pool Without the Canopy

The Views from the Pools are Amazing

Camping

There are 12 primitive campsites. There are no hook-ups available. There are also no bins (trash facilities). Drinking water is available.

The campgrounds are very peaceful. All campsites are mere steps away from the pools. This is an incredibly serene spot.

There is also the “dragon spout” (140 degrees F), which is an overflow of the hot spring. People use this water for washing their dishes and making tea and coffee.

The Dragon Spout, Gila Hot Springs, New Mexico

We camped here in October, when it was the perfect time of year to soak at night and in the early morning with that Autumn chill in the air.

Toilets

Yes

Toilets at Gila Campground

Overview

Although we only stayed one night here, it was a lovely spot to relax. Soaking in the pool here at night while looking up at the moon, stars and towering cliffs, has been one of the highlights of our trip thus far.

Gila Hot Springs comes with a strong Drifter’s recommendation.


We barely scratched the surface of the trove of geothermal pools to be found in New Mexico. The more we looked, the more there were to be found. Pardon the pun, but we had to pull the plug on our bathing bonanza. Our brains and bones were turning to wonderfully relaxed puddles of mush. It could have so easily become a scenario of “let’s just check out one more”, whereby we would still be following the trail of therapeutic waters. It was time to cross another state line.

12 Comments

  1. Christina Monk

    Thank you for sharing your blog with me! I am excited to read about all of your adventures! Stay safe and enjoy your time!!!! ❤️

    • mm

      Christina,
      You would have loved the hike into San Antonio Hot Spring! The hills around New Mexico are just as special as the hills in Maine, though sadly lacking in blueberries come mid July. Thanks so much for following along on the blog! Please Keep in touch!
      Your Drifters,
      Fiona and Jerry

  2. Fi and Jerry!!! What a wonderful adventure in good ol’ NM!! I miss you both and hope to see you on one of your adventures!

    Perhaps carrot cake at Double Rainbow for nostalgic reasons…ha! Love you both!😘🌈❤️

    • mm

      Shauni,
      It was so good to be back in New Mexico! We may even find ourselves back soon and we wish to see you then. Carrot cake sounds good; we popped in to The Flying Star on Juan Tabo for a peek around. We spent about a month in New Mexico and we STILL feel like there is so much to see, and so many people to see as well. You are #1 on the list. We cannot wait to meet your family!
      Your Drifters,
      Fiona and Jerry

  3. You drifters should be thanked for looking under every stone and reporting the results. Tramlaw

  4. Fiona and Jerry,

    These definitely sound like a perfect place to enjoy turning yourself into mush. I loved the fact that you DID splurge the one night and slept on such a soft bed. Everyone needs a little pampering now and again.

    We were only in New Mexico for a day and night, and it was one of the few times during our trip when it wasn’t raining, drizzling, snowing or foggy.

    I hope you got to celebrate Thanksgiving somewhere enjoyable and that you will be able to Have Merry Christmas in a spectacular place.
    All our best,
    Kerry and Sean

    • mm

      Kerry,
      Hot Springs in New Mexico are amazing! The mornings were chilly and the waters were a perfect way to temper the air. There will be more hot springs waiting for us on our next visit there. We certainly hope you and Sean get to see more of the state.
      Thanks again for following along on our blog. It is always great to hear from you.
      Have a very Happy Christmas!
      Your Drifters,
      Fiona and Jerry

      • Kerry Abbott

        Jerry and Fiona,

        Have a very Merry Christmas also. Enjoy the warmth. We have snow and cold in Pennsylvania!
        Best regards,
        Kerry and Sean

        • mm

          Kerry,
          We are currently in Loreto, Mexico. People are getting ready for Christmas and the shops are full of trees and decorations, but it seems strange to think of Christmas without snow or cold. Not complaining, though!
          Have a Happy Christmas as well!
          Your Drifters,
          Fiona and Jerry

  5. Donna J Scott

    Fiona, your post is very informative and interesting I’m reading it slowly and making
    notes so when I comment I can refer to the specific hot springs. The photography
    Is spectacular. Fiona you and Jerry have the knowledge and love of travel to write a number one seller.
    Like I mentioned I will read your post and enjoy doing so. Please stay safe and safe travels .
    Love you Drifters ,Donna
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      Donna,
      Thanks for enjoying our photos of the hot springs. In fact, you can see more of our travel photos on Instagram. Just look on our home page and look for the Instagram box on the side of the screen.
      We intend to keep sharing our travel experiences, so keep following along.
      Thanks again for all your support!
      Your Drifters,
      Fiona and Jerry

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