San Antonio Hot Springs – New Mexico
Located in the beautiful wilderness of New Mexico lies a hidden gem waiting for you to find. San Antonio Hot Springs may not be the easiest natural springs pool to get to, but once you do you will be glad you made the trip. Unlike some other primitive hot springs in the state, this one comes with it’s own cascading waterfall for you to sit under as you soak in the mineral waters and enjoy breathtaking views. Who wouldn’t want that?
San Antonio Hot Springs were created by stacking rocks to form the pooled off areas for you to relax in. Although the source of the geothermal natural waters start at a very hot 125 degrees, all three hot springs cascade and flow down into one another with the top pool averaging a temperature of 105 degrees and cooling down a bit as it continues down to the other areas. The scenic views do cause this place to get crowded during the peak seasons so we do recommend trying to go early in the mornings or brave the colder weathers in the winter time. Clothing is also optional so be prepared to see a few naked people.
If you want to explore the area there is some great hiking trails all throughout Santa Fe National Forest. In fact you can check out Spence Hot Springs, another fantastic natural pool not to far away.
Directions to San Antonio Hot Springs
From Albuquerque, New Mexico
1. Start on I-25 North and US-550 North for roughly 41 miles
2. Merge onto NM-4 East and continue for another 35 miles
3. The last 5 miles are a pretty rough dirt road so we recommend having a 4×4.
4. You will see a sign directing you towards the parking area for San Antonio Hot Springs
Once you park it’s roughly a half mile hike to get to the springs. The hike isn’t terrible, but there are a few spots where you want to watch your footing. Once you arrive you will see why so many people who visit New Mexico come to this majestic area to relax and unwind from the world. Happy Soaking!