New Mexico is blessed with some of the finest hot springs on the planet. You’ll thank your lucky stars for the beautiful springs found at the end of a long hike. Or if you’re in the mood for a short hike, you can take one to a lovely gem of a spring. Resorts run the gamut from rustic to luxurious. Winter, spring, summer, or fall, there is no more fantastic feeling than soaking in one of Taos’s hot springs, surrounded by incredible beauty and sheltering under our expansive sky.
A trip to the local “wild” hot springs is also a great way to meet locals, hear some amazing (perhaps apocryphal) stories, and get tips on other off-the-beaten-path things to do and see in Taos. Just don’t be surprised if some of your new acquaintances are less formally attired than you’re used to (or not attired at all).
If you’re looking for a tamer soaking experience, several resorts boast opportunities to bask in hot springs in more lavish (and swimsuited) surroundings. Follow up your replenishing soak with a massage, a spot of lunch, and a browse around an upscale boutique. Or head to one of Taos’s many day spas for some ultimate pampering.
However you like to soak, there’s a hot spring for you in Taos.
Stagecoach Hot Springs (also referred to as Manby Hot Springs) are a series of small, warm pools at the bottom of the gorge that offers an iconic experience and breathtaking views.
Stagecoach Hot Springs does not have public access along the road to the springs, which is a private road. The only legal access to Stagecoach Hot Springs is from the river. Tune Drive, the road to the hot springs, and all lands along Tune Drive are privately owned and currently not open to the public.
Black Rock Hot Springs is located north of Taos, west of the quaint village of Arroyo Hondo, across from the John Dunn Bridge on the west bank of the Rio Grande. Pool temperatures are usually about 97 F depending on how high the river is. Black Rock is well known and easy to reach, so don’t expect to be alone.
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs is undergoing a limited capacity, phased reopening with new enhancements and the same beloved legendary healing waters, award-winning spa, and acclaimed dining.