Hot Springs may not be the first images that come to mind when you picture New Mexico, but Ojo Caliente will quickly change that. About an hour north of Santa Fe (not far from the Georgia O’Keefe home), Ojo Caliente Mineral Hot Springs Resort & Spa is hidden off a dirt road. Its rustic facilities include ten outdoor pools, treatment rooms, a restaurant, a hotel, and cottages – we love the stunning southwest landscape combined with natural spa treatments.
According to the spa’s current owners, bathers have “taken the waters” of these ancient springs since the 15th century; and the outdoor pools are fed by natural Arsenic, Lithia, Soda, and Iron mineral springs. Lots of day-trippers drive here for a soak, but the on-site lodging, restaurant, full-service spa, and outdoor activities make it a steamy spot for a spa vacay.
Day use of hot springs is $16-$24; room rates are $119-$449 a night.