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Spence Hot Springs

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Address: Jemez Springs, NM
Description: Bathing suits are optional as you soak away your worries in the 102 degree...
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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Worth the hike but be careful

The hike to the springs is a nice one: through the woods, over the river and up a mountain. It is not that far from the parking area but switchbacks uphill for about 15 minutes... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 3, 2014
mushroommarlene
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connecticut
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connecticut
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132 reviews 132 reviews
69 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The hike to the springs is a nice one: through the woods, over the river and up a mountain. It is not that far from the parking area but switchbacks uphill for about 15 minutes. It can be a little steep and slippery during the wet or icy months. Just take your time for the reward of a nice soak... More 

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127 attraction reviews
889 helpful votes 889 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Do not get me wrong, it only takes like 15 minutes hike from parking lot to the Hot Springs up the hill and you will get plenty of photo op. There are a cascade (actually like 3 total if you overstretch) of hot spring pools where people tend to skinny dip and also bring beers, picnic food to enjoy this... More 

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Houston, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This was my very first time in a hot spring. There were three of us...a good friend of mine, my wife, and myself. When we arrived, tourists from Austin, Texas, were there...two guys and two gals, all in their twenties and all naked. My wife had worn her bikini under her clothes, but my friend and I found separate areas... More 

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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

From my first time there 35 years ago. The springs was still very popular yet the water was hot. Not parking is very limited. Which is good to keep from over population. The water temp has dropped. 90deg. Maby! Still very beautiful.

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Vietnam
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48 reviews 48 reviews
32 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We went there early April around 11:00 AM during weekday so it is not too crowded and no nudity. It is still a bit cold up there but it was just perfect once you sit down in the warm water and enjoyed the beautiful surrounding. There were other families with children and couples. We had good conversations with people there... More 

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dallas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

Went with my grown daughter and the Srings are not marked (Probably to keep the amount of people down to a minimum). But there is a small parking off the side of the hwy and a railed foot path from there to the stream which is beautiful. From there it is not readily easy travel. But an easy hike (there... More 

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Alto, New Mexico
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

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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47 reviews 47 reviews
19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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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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