Located in the Chihuahua Desert, the Chinati Hot Springs has long been a popular destination for those seeking calm, healing waters. Since the 1930s, this natural spring has been open to people from all walks all life, and the area offers more than just a soak.
Here you can find a plethora of activities to engage your mind, body and spirit, during all times of the year. Originally used by indigenous people for hundreds of years, the Chinati hot springs have long provided healing and relaxation.
Heated to 113° by volcanic groundwater, the spring contains an assortment of minerals that help alleviate many health conditions. Everything from arthritis and skin issues, to stomach ulcers and digestive disorders.
The region is broken up into 5 seasons, and depending on when you visit there will be different activities to partake in: A dry, mild winter (November – February), spring (March-April), a dry very hot summer (May-early June), a hot wet monsoon season (late June – early September), and chilly fall (late September – early November). Each with distinctly different activities, dangers and weather patterns.
The surrounding area is vast and unspoiled, with 640 acres and a multitude of hiking and biking trails. There is a wash next to the springs for easy hiking, as well as a paved hilly road, making biking easy and enjoyable. With deep canyons, winding creeks, and a wide open sky, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better place that will appeal to all your senses.
Chinati Hot Springs are located a couple hours northwest of Big Bend Ranch State Park.
Over the years, the Chinati Hot Springs have changed hands many times and with each transfer different upgrades were added to improve upon the visitors experience. Currently, you will find an assortment of cabins that can be reserved, which include mini-fridges and other amenities. There is a communal kitchen for cooking up meals as well as outdoor hot and cold pools for relaxing.
Camping is available too on two night minimum basis. Outdoor showers are available and campers have access to all public tubs.
For shopping, Ruidosa has general stores and other shops where you will be able to stock up on food for your stay at the hot springs. It is hard to find phone service in this remote area, though the signs are clear and this disentanglement from technology will only help in centering your mind and healing your body.
To reach the hot springs you will need to drive 2 hours south from Marfa, Texas, or ½ a mile from Ruidosa. There you will find signs for Hot Springs Road which is 7 miles long and leads right to the gate.
Address: 1 Hot Springs Rd, Presidio, TX 79845
Season: Year round