hot springs by the rio grande
Black Rock Hot Springs
Black Rock Hot Springs is located north of Taos, west of the town of Arroyo Hondo; 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 the trail downstream to 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. Black Rock is fairly well known and easy to reach, so don’t expect to be alone.
Manby Hot Springs
Located north of Taos southwest of the town of Arroyo Hondo; 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 (see above). This stretch of road to the Manby Hot Springs parking lot needs to be taken slowly and is best negotiated with a high clearance vehicle. Continue past the Dobson House sign and take the next left fork. Continue staying to your right until you reach the large parking lots for the Manby Hot Springs. At the left side of the parking area, take a dirt and rock path to the river, about a 15-20 minute walk. Two sand-bottomed and rock pools are located in the ruins of an old stagecoach stop on the east bank of the Rio Grande. Water temperatures are usually about 97 F, depending on how high the river is. Clothing optional. Easy hike.
Bring a flash light if you may be returning in the dark.
Midtown Hondo is the closest place to get food and drinks for the springs. Midtown offers a bar menu and store with food, drinks, takeaways and fishing supplies. Visit Midtown Hondo here for more information.