New Mexico is blessed with some of the finest hot springs on the planet. 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. However you like to soak, there’s a pool for you. When you lower yourself into one of our hot springs, surrounded by incredible beauty of this area and close your eyes, the feeling is simply fantastic.
By the Rio
Black Rock Hot Springs
Located north of Taos off Highway 522, west of the town of Arroyo Hondo about a 5-10 minute walk off a dirt road near the John Dunn Bridge. Two mud-bottomed rock pools are located on the west bank of the Rio Grande. Pool temperatures are usually about 97 F depending on how high the river is. Clothing optional. Black Rock is fairly well known and easy to reach, so don’t expect to be alone.
Directions: Drive north from Taos on Highway 3. Turn left onto a dirt road at the traffic sign reading "Hill." Go approx. 2.5 miles then turn right. Go approx. 0.5 mile and turn left, crossing the river to the parking area. Follow the trail downstream.
Stagecoach (Manby) Hot Springs
Located north of Taos, west of the town of Arroyo Hondo about a 15-20 minute walk down a dirt and rock path at the end of Tune Road, which is a bumpy residential dirt road on the way out to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Two sand-bottomed and rock pools are located in the ruins of an old stagecoach stop on the east bank of the Rio Grande. Pool temperatures are usually about 97 F, depending on how high the river is. Clothing optional. Easy hike.
Directions: From Taos, go north on RT 64 and continue on RT 64 toward the Taos Airport. Turn right on Tune Road, roughly across from the airport. Travel about 4.2 miles to where the road forks, keep left. Continue about .5 miles more to the parking area at edge of canyon and walk about .5 miles down the old wagon road at the left side of the parking area.
By Sand Cliffs
Ojo Caliente Resort
Located in the foothills of the Carson National Forest, in the town of Ojo Caliente, between Santa Fe and Taos. Five different natural hot springs feature four different types of mineral waters, including lithia, iron, soda and arsenic. Temperatures ranging from 85-106F. THey offer a mud pool, four private outdoor pools (for an additional rental fee), and a large public swimming pool. Bathing suits required. Full spa services, dining and gift shop.
Photos: Manby Hot Springs and soaking at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs by Ryan Heffernan