This list was crafted to showcase both the natural wilderness and developed geothermal assets of New Mexico.
New Mexico has an abundance of Hot Springs and accompanying experiences that run the gamut — from those springs accessible via strenuous hikes through to those located on the grounds of luxurious spas. Many of these springs are a relatively well-kept secret, although many out-of-state visitors do indeed come to NM seeking the perfect natural hot mineral water.
Thankfully, you’ve come to the right place. New Mexico is blessed with some of the finest hot springs on the planet. Below we showcase a variety of springs accessible via challenging trails, lovely gems that are only a short hike, and resorts that offer experiences from rustic to luxurious and everything in between.
Note: Some areas are clothing optional (nude), and some require bathing suits. Please check ahead.
- Southern New Mexico
- Hot Springs of Gila Wilderness Area and the Gila River
- Truth or Consequences
- Northern New Mexico
- Hot Springs of the Upper Rio Grande
- Hot Springs of the Jemez Mountains
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Southern New Mexico
Hot Springs of Gila Wilderness Area and the Gila River
165 Hwy. 61
Faywood, New Mexico
These hot springs are under new ownership but have retained the same services that made it a favorite with soakers in the past.
Faywood Hot Springs Resort has 13 geothermal pools ranging from 100 to 110 degrees in temperature. Also, there are six cozy cabins available for an overnight stay as well as a campground with full hook-ups. A visitor center will be completed soon which will house a restaurant, museum, gift shop, and conference room.
Melanie Hot Springs (Jordan Hot Springs Trail)
About 2 hours north of Silver City on the edge of the Gila River. A mile and a half hike of medium difficulty including about a dozen river crossings. Ask locals for directions. Several rock pools, more when the river is low, ranging in temperature between 98––102 F.
Gila Hot Springs Vacation Center
About 2 hours north of Silver City, not far from the Gila Cliff Dwellings Visitor’s Center. Lodging, RV park, and a hot tub. Phone: 505-536-9551.
Gila Hot Springs
River Campground, about 2 hours north of Silver City along the banks of the Gila River. Primitive campground with three mud pools ranging in temperature between 105-110 F. Clothing optional.
Light Feather Hot Springs
On the edge of the middle fork of the Gila River. A moderate mile-long hike (with two river crossings) from the Gila Cliff Dwellings Visitor’s Center. A series of shallow rock and sand soaking pools with the temperature varying according to how much cold river water is let in. Get directions from the rangers at the Visitor’s Center. Bathing suits advisable.
Jordan Hot Springs
Fairly strenuous eight-mile hike from the Gila Cliff Dwellings Visitor’s Center (can be reached on horseback) with many (over 30) river crossings (middle fork of the Gila River). Two log and rock pools averaging about 93 F. Get directions and hiking conditions from the rangers at the Visitor’s Center. Clothing optional.
Turkey Creek Hot Springs
North of the town of Gila. Several rock pools along the edge of Turkey Creek. Tough four-wheel-drive road with five river crossings, then a difficult three-mile hike. Water temperature adjustable according to how much cold water one allows to mix with the 160 F hot water that seeps out of rocks at the creek edge. Make sure to get very good directions from the locals. Clothing optional.
San Francisco Hot Springs
About 50 miles north west of Silver City just south of the town of Glenwood. The moderate hike takes about one hour. Three natural sand bottom pools along the edge of the San Francisco River of various temperatures. Clothing optional.
Truth or Consequences
A beautifully restored 1930s motor court – offers newly remodeled luxury accommodations in Truth or Consequences’ Historic Hot Springs district.
Rooms are themed after popular television characters or shows of the past, including Babaloo, As the World Turns, Roy Rogers, The Golden Girls, and The Jetsons. Each room has its own mineral water feature. All of our bedding is top-quality. Rooms have refrigerated air, satellite television, and free wireless.
The Wet Room, a tropical paradise that includes a large pool for soaking plus a steam room with a shoulder-massaging waterfall, is open to walk-ins from 9 am-9 pm daily, as are our two Historic Baths. Phone: 575 894 0894.
Artesian Bath House and Trailer Park
Eight ceramic private drain-and-fill tubs at about 108 F are available by the hour. RV hookups, massage by appointment. No Credit Cards.
Phone: 800-317-4518, 505-894-7154
Twenty newly remodeled apartment-style motel units and nine private individual drain-and-fill soaking tubs with both hot and cold water. There is also a group tub on the roof. Massage therapy and spa service available. Credit cards accepted. Reservation recommended.
Fire-Water Lodge Hot Springs Spa offers a relaxing oasis for your wellbeing and comfort. We offer geothermal hot mineral water tubs in our rooms. Spa services are available with our healing arts professionals. We are located in downtown Truth or Consequences, New Mexico in the heart of the Historic Bathhouse District. Our historic adobe motel building is a 50’s style motor court with classic charm. The guest rooms surround a charming garden sitting area with a fire pit. This is southwestern New Mexico at its finest!
Hay-Yo-Kay Hot Springs
300 Austin Ave.
Five indoor tubs and a larger outdoor pool with gravel bottoms with temperature ranging between 101––107 F. Massage Therapy available. Reservation Recommended.
Motel units include the use of baths.
Marshall Hot Springs
Five gravel bottom private pools with temperatures ranging from 105 to 111 F. Several newly remodeled rooms for accommodations. Massage therapy. Reservations recommended.
Several outdoor soaking pools along the banks of the Rio Grande. Temperatures range between 104––107 F. Overnight accommodations and public day use.
501 McAdoo St
Beautiful lodge resting on a natural geothermal feature. Temperatures rise to around 107 F. Guests receive one complimentary session per day.
Northern New Mexico
Hot Springs of the Upper Rio Grande
Phone: 505- 583-2223
Located in the foothills of the Carson National Forest, in the town of Ojo Caliente, between Santa Fe and Taos. Five different springs with different temperatures and mineral content; indoor and outdoor pools with temperatures ranging from 85-106F. Bathing suits required. Credit card accepted.
Black Rock Hot Springs
Located north of Taos, west of the town of Arroyo Hondo. It is about a 5-10 minute walk off a dirt road. Ask locals for directions. 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.
Stagecoach (Manby) Hot Springs
Located north of Taos, west of the town of Arroyo Hondo. It is about a 15-20 minute walk off a dirt road. Ask locals for directions. Three shallow sand-bottomed rock pools on the east bank of the Rio Grande. Pool temperatures are usually about 97 F depending on how high the river is. Clothing optional.
Montezuma Hot Springs
Located northwest of the town of Las Vegas on the grounds of the United World College. Three clusters of concrete soaking pools of various sizes and temperatures. Bathing suits required.
Hot Springs of the Jemez Mountains
San Antonio Hot Springs
Located west of Santa Fe, north of the town of Jemez Springs. It is about a 10-minute walk from where you can park. Ask locals for directions. A series of rock pools built along the hillside of San Diego Canyon. The hottest pool is about 105 F with the lower ones progressively cooler. Clothing optional.
McCauley Hot Springs
Located west of Santa Fe, north of the town of Jemez Springs. It is a moderately strenuous 2-mile hike. Ask locals for directions. A large, shallow, warm pool that flows into several smaller, deeper pools with temperatures 85-90 F. Clothing optional.
Soda Dam Hot Springs
Located west of Santa Fe, north of the town of Jemez Springs. A cluster of small hot spring pools with spectacular scenery, not great soaking.
Spence Hot Spring
Located west of Santa Fe, north of the town of Jemez Springs. An easy short hike. Ask locals for directions. Several sand-bottom pools on a steep hillside on the east side of the Jemez River. Water temperature between 100 –– 110 F. Clothing optional.
Located in Jemez Springs. Bathing suits required. Reservations strongly recommended. The pool temperature is 102-104 F.
Bodhi Manda Zen Center Motel and Hot Springs
Situated along the Jemez River in Jemez Springs. A four-unit motel. Three sand-bottom rock pools with the river next to the pools for a cold plunge. Call first –– no drop-ins. Bathing suits required.
Jemez Springs BathHouse
Located in the park on the main street of Jemez Springs. A well-maintained bathhouse with eight private rooms and one outdoor private group tub. Clothing optional. Spa treatments are available. Reservations recommended.