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Hiking to Mountain Hot Springs in New Mexico

Mountain Views from the Hot Spring
Mountain Views from the Hot Spring


THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

MAP OF LOCATION

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LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY

– EASY / MODERATE –

  • Hours: Day Use
  • Trail length: 3/4 Mile Round Trip
  • Elevation Gain: Moderate – 121 Feet
  • Pets: Not Allowed in Hot Spring
  • No Restrooms or Water
  • No Glass Containers
  • No Camping in Hot Spring Area
  • Parking for 7 Vehicles and 1 RV
  • Located in National Forest
  • Heavily Used

Santa Fe National Forest Cairn
National Forest Cairn

THINGS YOU MIGHT NEED

  • Water
  • Trail Map
  • Athletic Shoes/Hiking Boots
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
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Santa Fe National Forest
Pine Trees in the National Forest

ABOUT THE AREA

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Spence Hot Springs Trail Head
View From The Trail Head

FINDING THE TRAILHEAD

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Spence Hot Springs Trail Head
Trail To The Hot Spring

HIKING TO THE HOT SPRINGS

The trail begins with a descent down the valley to a creek that runs through the valley. This portion of the trail has recently been updated, and contains switchbacks which make the trip much easier. There are signs reminding people to stay on the new trail, as the old trail has been removed to prevent the erosion of the hillside.


Bridge Over San Antonio Creek
Bridge Crossing On Hot Spring Trail
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Just across the bridge you will find signage directing you up the hill to the hot spring. This is the moderate portion of the climb, and the time of year in which you visit will affect the condition of the trail. We encountered some frozen sections in the winter, but they were easily passed with a quality pair of hiking boots. You will be expected to climb up a rocky hillside, so watch you step for loose rocks and gravel.


Spence Hot Springs
Mountain views from the Hot Spring

SOAKING IN THE VIEWS

Once you have made it to the hot springs, be prepared for some breathtaking views. The water at the hot spring is around 95°, with the hottest areas located at the top, and inside a small cave. Inside the cave there is room for a few people, but be sure to share the warmest water with others. While this hot spring is now considered only “warm” as its temperature has been decreasing, the views more then make up for the water temperature. Be prepared to encounter other visitors when at the spring. This hot spring is easily accessible, and heavily used. There is also an advisory on the Forest Service’s website as follows “Nudity is a violation of State Law and violators will be sited.”


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After you have finished your soak, or even while you are waiting for your turn, be sure to hike further up the valley into the forest. The pine forest and the rocky terrain is spectacular during all seasons. Once you are ready to head back to the car, you will take the same trail in which you arrived on. Be sure to pack out what you packed in, and as always leave no trace. Keeping these areas clean and beautiful, ensures they will remain accessible for all.


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