Visiting a hot spring in Santa Fe comes with many benefits. The gradual increase of your body temperature kills harmful germs and viruses, and it also helps to increase blood circulation and oxygenation, which eliminates toxins from the body. Other benefits of bathing in hot springs include an increase in body metabolism, as well as aiding in digestion. Those suffering from skin diseases also benefit from hot springs, and some mineral thermal waters can be used to help the healing of wounds and other skin injuries. If you’re interested in seeing the benefits of hot springs for yourself, check out these local Santa Fe hot springs and spas.
Faywood Hot Springs
This rustic resort in southwestern New Mexico is the spot to be for a natural geothermal experience. Come for a quick dip or spend the night at one of the camping or RV sites. You can also rent one of the private cabins for overnight lodging. The resort offers many outdoor public and private soaking pools to help rejuvenate the guests. If you’re feeling adventurous, Faywood offers a clothing-optional bathing area as well.
Where: 165 Highway 61, Faywood, NM 88034
Ten Thousand Waves
Modeled after the great hot spring, or onsen, of Japan, the hot baths at Ten Thousand Waves are luxurious and relaxing. You have the option of being indoors or out, and some outdoor tubs come with great views of the pinon trees. This is primarily a day spa, but there are luxurious overnight suites designed to resemble Japanese-adobe esthetic. In addition to the baths, you can opt for massages, body treatments or facials.
Where: 3451 Hyde Park Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort
Located in the foothills of the Carson National Forest just outside of Santa Fe, Ojo Caliente offers five different springs with varying temperatures and mineral content. It is the only hot springs in the world with four different types of mineral water including Lithia, iron, soda and arsenic. The waters are sulfur-free and have flowed from a subterranean volcanic aquifer for thousands of years. After soaking in the healing waters at Ojo, indulge in the ultimate relaxing experience with a treatment from the spa. Ojo Caliente also offers lodging accommodations to continue your relaxing day.
Where: 50 Los Banos Drive, Ojo Caliente, NM 87549
Montezuma Hot Springs
These public hot springs are located on a hill, feeding a variety of rustic rock and cement tubs. The pools and tubs range in size and temperature, which allows the guest to experiment to find the perfect soak. With great views along the Gallinas River, Montezuma hot springs are a popular destination. However, don’t let that prevent you from visiting the springs, as a little patience could earn you your own tub.
Where: Highway 65, Montezuma, NM 87701
McCauley Hot Springs and Jemez Falls
You have to take a nice 1.5 mile hike in order to treat yourself to the hot springs, but it is worth it. To get there, start at the Battleship Rock trailhead and head about 1.5 miles to the Jemez Falls. You’ll be rewarded with crystal clear, warm water. The top pool is about 30 feet wide and 2-3 feet deep. An added bonus to the hot springs is the Jemez Waterfall, which you can get to from the trail, which overlooks the top of the falls.
Where: Battleship Rock Trailhead (Lat:35.82889 Lon:-106.64417)
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