hot springs 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.
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.
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.