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Spence Hot Springs

Jemez Springs, NM
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Ranked #10 of 16 attractions in Jemez Springs
Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers
Description: Bathing suits are optional as you soak away your worries in the 102 degree hot spring pools that offer soft, sandy bottoms.
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Alto, New Mexico
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Its a 10 minute hike to a dirty spring that is no longer hot. Signs around the spring warn of bacteria in it. There is trash, bottles, and mucky murky water. We only put our legs in it. It wasn't even lukewarm.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I'm giving Spence almost 5 stars. 4/5 because I've never been in a hot spring outside of a Jacuzzi and it was fantastic. -1 star because there's no place to change once you're there. Its a little bit of a hike upwards to the springs once you've followed the trail down from the parking lot and made it over the... More

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Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

First, the hike up to the springs can be strenuous (especially if you're like me: out of shape). Second, have your swimsuit already on, because there are no changing rooms or restrooms at the spring - it is truly wild and undeveloped. However, it is SO worth it. The water in the upper pool is nicely warm, not too hot,... More

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Easy access and pictures do no justice to the surroundings of the spence hot springs. The entire jemez forest is a wonderland that not many know about. You most likely will end up sharing the experience with others, but still worth the effort. Trail head parking, but no direct signs indicating spence hot springs. Heading up the mountain the parking... More

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St. Catharines, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

If you're looking for a secluded soak in a natural hot spring this is not the place. Lovely setting, beautiful spring, but very busy, even on a weekday. Come prepared to be social.

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South Burlington, Vermont
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

My boyfriend and I drove up into the Jemez mountains hoping to hike up to the San Antonio hot springs which are much bigger and hotter than the Spence springs. Unfortunately, there was quite the snowstorm when we got there and we decided that a 10 mile hike probably wasn't the best idea. Not wanting to leave right away after... More

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New Mexico, USA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

It's a 1/2 mile hike one way, down to the river and then back up again. The water was warm, not hot. The edges have been built up with stones to pool the water. The pools are not large and would probably hold no more than 8-10 people each.

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Menomonie, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

My wife and I came here in March. The view is beautiful and the location is novel. The springs weren't hot but warm this time of year. Also, there were kids (locals) here on spring break drunk from a full day of hanging out there. They left a bunch of their trash and stole our motorcycle helmets which made for... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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127 reviews 127 reviews
26 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

I can never seem to go here without seeing naked hippies in the morning, at least this last time one was a beautiful woman. Lots of stoners smoking pot and drinking beer, they were hauling out other leftover trash and cleaning up after others. There was a guy selling little glass blown pipes that said jemez on them for 5-10$... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

This a great trip to the past-Bob Dylan and Janice Joplin did all kinds of things at this wilderness spot, however now it has been sanitized. No more nude bathing, no more scrambling across the creek. Spencer Tunick did a shoot there.

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