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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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New Mexico, USA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
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
35 helpful votes 35 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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Morgantown, West Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013 via mobile

Read reviews from Trip Advisor and used the directions given. (Hwy 4 between mile marker 24 and 25.) Found it without a problem. Easy hike for an active person. Little tricky on the rocks around spring. Went on a Monday and saw over a dozen people there. Bet It's very packed on weekends. Bring a suit, towel, and beverage.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

I've been to Spence Hotsprings twice and they are just lovely. Crossing the Jemez River and the short hike up to the springs add to the experience and makes you work for it a little more than those that are easier to get to. Once there the springs have a great view and are just the right temp. There are... More

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Austin, Texas
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143 reviews 143 reviews
99 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Spence Hot Springs is located about 1/4 mile from the parking lot (between mile marker 24 and 25, along Hwy 4). There is no sign for Spence Hot Springs so watch for the mile markers. The parking lot is very small. It has five spots for cars, a spot for an RV and one handicap spot. The parking lot was... More

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Cerrillos, New Mexico
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Terrible (just kidding) greatest place I've found - just like being in Colorado without having to drive there. We loved it and the hike was great, springs were wonderful and saw no bears or cats, just a lovely view and beautiful springs.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

the hike to the springs was challenging, because it was basically a sheet of ice near the top, but it was well worth it. i was moved by the sheer beauty of the place. the springs are located high up on a mesa side, with beautiful views to the south. it is almost as if these pools were created to... More

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San Jose, California
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253 reviews 253 reviews
54 attraction reviews
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

There is a small parking lot right off NM4. The hike first goes downhill, then back up on the other side. It is not difficult to get to, just minor scrambling near the hot springs. There are two soak mini pools: the lower one is slightly cooler, the upper one is warmer. Off the side of the upper pool is... More

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