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Address: Jemez Springs, NM
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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 it, but...

rating would be higher, except some visitors leave trash in the area. and there are no (when I visited) Trash Cans in the parking area. BUT the view is BEAUTIFUL - well worth the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
mrollinson
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Mulberry, Arkansas
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Bonita, California
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46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Back when this spring pool was gorgeous and hot, it would have received a 5 star rating. Now it is just another over-touristed easily accessible pot hole on the side of a hill. I'm an advocate of "Half the fun is getting there" as was my original February 2 hour cross country ski. I thought I had reached a place... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

the relatively short and easy hike to the springs is so worth the experience of hoping in the natural hot springs, especially in the winter! be sure to go in the small cave...it's even warmer in there! But not too hot...about 98 degrees in the top pool...88 in the bottom pool

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Prairie Village, Kansas
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73 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Watching the sunset in a natural hot spring on the side of a mountain... yea, we did it... and it was pretty awesome! My girlfriend and I were concerned about the fact that it was for "day use" only. Meaning that we were supposed to be out of there at sunset. But we stayed until nearly 8:30pm. The water itself... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

This was our 2nd anniversary. We wanted to hike some so we decied to hike up the hot springs. It was a beautiful hike.

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

I would not take kids to the hot springs unless you pay a little money to do it. There are hot springs throughout the mountains, but the free, walk too, hot springs have been taken over by nudist and druggies. Not to put them both in the same category.

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Mulberry, Arkansas
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

rating would be higher, except some visitors leave trash in the area. and there are no (when I visited) Trash Cans in the parking area. BUT the view is BEAUTIFUL - well worth the walk up.

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Pasadena, Maryland
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Horrible!! Don't go ! Smelled so bad I refused to get in . Nice hike but definitely do NOT go for hot springs. Go to Giggling Springs close to spence and very very nice but not free . Well worth the money !!!

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Amarillo, Texas
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43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

Another beautiful oasis ruined by loud, rude, obnoxious people. Granted it was the July holiday, but that's no reason to go into hyper-drive and be extra rude! Will never visit on a weekend or holiday! Enjoy it during the week days, less angry people and practically no yelling/screaming kids!

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

This place is about 6 miles north of the town. It is about a mile or so hike up from the parking lot, which is about half downhill, half uphill. We didn't know this and made it in flip flops, although it would have been more comfortable in hiking shoes. The springs aren't "hot", more warm, and the water is... More 

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1 Thank Abbie W
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35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

I didn't have a lot of time to hike and found Spence Hot Spring was not far from the parking area and decided to try it. Even though this is only 0.5miles one way there is a significant elevation change (approx 170 feet) with the parking lot only being 20feet lower than the hot springs. You need to hike down... More 

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