Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs,
40 minutes north of Santa Fe, comprises several mineral pools: iron,
sodium, lithium, sulfur, and arsenic (yes, it's healthy!). No need
to feel self-conscious about revealing your cellulite or spare tire
at this low-key spa-it's intentionally short on glamour, which is
a plus when all you want is a soak, a salt rub, and a body wrap
in a serene but powerful setting. This place has about a dozen different
pools, something for everyone. There are also interesting hikes
that start on the property and go to some archeological sites.
Jemez Springs, there are several commercial
springs available in Jemez, offering various services with a soak.
Naturally occurring minerals include acid carbonate, aluminum, calcium,
chloride, iron, magnesium, potassium, silicate, sodium, and sulfate.
You can also get massages, manicures, and other treatments. There
are free springs on the mountainside for hikers:
The following springs are on public land and are for day-use
There are no facilities at these locations. These springs are administered
by the US Forest Service headquartered at the north end of Jemez
Springs. The phone number for current spring conditions is 505-829-3535.
Soda Dam - Located 1 mile north of Jemez
Springs, the Jemez River pours through this amazing rock formation,
a small mineral spring trickles nearby.
GPS: 35.793 N, 106.685 W
McCauley Warm Springs - Accessible from
either Battleship Rock (5 miles north of Jemez Springs on highway
4) or Jemez Falls Campground (14 miles north of Jemez Springs).
Park at either location for the roughly 2.5 mile hike in to the
GPS: 35.820 N, 106.627 W
Spence Hot Springs - 7 miles north of
Jemez Springs. Large gravel parking lot marks the short trail down
to the Jemez River and up the other side to the springs.
GPS: 35.849 N, 106.629 W
San Antonio Hot Springs - 9 miles north
of Jemez Springs, turn west at La Cueva onto highway 120. Go approximately
3 miles to National Forest road 376 north. Springs are located 5
miles north on 376. (Note that 376 is typically closed in winter
due to extreme snow conditions at that elevation.)
GPS: 35.938 N, 106.646 W