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Relax and Unwind

Posted On
Nov 13, 2013

From primitive and secluded to luxurious and intimate, the Jemez Springs area (less than an hour from Albuquerque) offers a number of hot springs to help visitors rest and rejuvenate both mind and body.

And what better time to enjoy a soak than winter? There’s something almost magical about enveloping yourself hot water as steam rises into the winter air. Almost all of the springs in the area are accessible year-round.

Within the village of Jemez Springs, about 41 miles north of Bernalillo, is the village-owned Jemez Springs Bath House. The non-profit facility offers cool or hot mineral soaks and healing massages by licensed therapists in private treatment rooms. Prices start at just $12 for a 25-minute soak. Visit jemezsprings.org or call 575-829-3303 for more information.

Along the banks of the Jemez River, Giggling Springs is just steps away from the site of the oldest bathhouse of the region, constructed more than a century ago. The 20 x 30 foot freeform pool allows for therapeutic soaking in mineral waters of 102-104 degrees. A recently installed Inversion Oxygenation System bubbles in the middle of the pool. This chemical-free disinfection method is just part of an overall environmentally friendly attitude. Even the buildings are geothermally heated. Rates start at $18 for an hour on the property. Visit gigglingsprings.com or call 575-829-9175 for more information.

Looking for a soak even farther off the beaten path? Three springs on public lands are managed by the Forest Service and worth the walks. Call the Forest Service-Jemez Ranger District at 575-829-3065 for the latest information, especially after recent snowfall.

Take a hike to McCauley Warm Springs, accessible from either Battleship Rock (5miles 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 Springs.

Or try Spence Hot Springs, 7 miles north of Jemez Springs. Park in the large lot on the east side of Highway 4, then follow the short trail down to the river and up the other side to the springs.

San Antonio Hot Springs is 9 miles north of Jemez Springs. Turn west at La Cueva onto Highway 120. Drive about 3 miles to National Forest Road 376 North and continue on the forest road for 5 miles. Be especially alert to weather conditions before embarking on this high-elevation journey.