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Hot Springs Hike on the Rio Grande in New Mexico

Soaking along the Rio Grande
Soaking along the Rio Grande

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY

– MODERATE –

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  • Hours: Always Open
  • Trail Length: 1 Mile Round Trip
  • Elevation Gain: 308 feet
  • Pets: Allowed
  • Seasonal Portable Restroom
  • Parking Lot
  • Located on BLM Land
  • Dispersed Camping at Lot

Rio Grande Gorge
Sweeping Views of the Rio Grande Gorge

THINGS YOU MIGHT NEED

  • Water
  • Trail Map
  • Athletic Shoes/Hiking Boots
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
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Manby Hot Springs
Remains Of The Bathhouse

ABOUT THE AREA

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Manby Hot Springs Trailhead
Trailhead To The Hot Springs

FINDING THE TRAILHEAD

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Manby Hot Springs
Hot Springs on the Rio Grande

HIKING DOWN THE GORGE TO THE HOT SPRINGS

The hot springs are located on the Rio Grande River. To access the hot springs, you will need to hike down the side of the gorge to the river below. The trail down is well marked, and at only 1/2 mile in length it makes for a quick trip to the spring. The gradual descent provides view of rocky outcroppings, desert landscape, and sweeping views of the gorge.


Manby Hot Springs
Hot Springs on the Rio Grande

SOAKING ALONG THE RIO GRANDE

Once you reach the hot springs, you will find the ruins of an old bathhouse, and three pools. As with most hot springs, the lower pools will not be as hot as the upper, but the average temperatures are between 90° and 100°F.  The two lower pools are out in the open right along the river, while the upper pool is nestled against a rock wall which provides some added seclusion. As with most primitive hot springs, clothing can be considered optional. Due to its proximity to population though, expect to see other hikers, fishermen, and boaters passing by on the river.


Rio Grande Gorge
Views of the Rio Grande Gorge

HIKING OUT OF THE RIO GRANDE GORGE

After you are refreshed from your relaxing soak in the hot spring, expect a moderately difficult ascent back to the parking lot. The 1/2 mile hike has 308 feet of climb, and will take you back up the same trail you came down earlier. Keep your camera handy on the way out, as the light is always changing in landscapes like these, and you may find an entirely different scene from just a few hours earlier. Expect this part of the hike to be more difficult in the hot summer months, which is why we recommend bringing water and staying hydrated.

Remember, areas like these are not maintained by BLM. It is our responsibility to leave these places better then we found them.


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