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Soda Dam Hot Springs

Address: Jemez Springs, NM
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Type: Hot springs & geysers, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Photogenic but small, these springs give off a strong sulfur smell.
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Type: Hot springs & geysers, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Photogenic but small, these springs give off a strong sulfur smell.
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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146 reviews 146 reviews
56 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

A visit to Jemez Springs would not be the full-on experience without stopping at the Soda Dam and doing some walking/climbing around the rocks and springs. Get out of that car and explore! It's a natural wonder, one of the many unusual geological treats to be found in New Mexico.

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Wichita Falls, Texas
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 via mobile

I love to take thus route from Los Alamos to ABQ and this particular spot is one of a handful along the way that I always like to stop off at. It's not the coolest pit stop ever but it's worth a stop for sure.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

What an interesting formation and it's right by the road with plenty of turn-out space for parking. You can't miss it and it's definitely worth a stop and some study.

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Alto, New Mexico
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Its very crowded so you have to wait for people to get out of the way. Go in the late afternoon, there's no one there and the light is better for photos.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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149 reviews 149 reviews
29 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

The highway was expanded so all the springs along the road are no longer visible. No soaking anywhere here any longer. The person who wrote the post about them in OCT 2012 clearly hadn't been here in a decade.

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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59 reviews 59 reviews
26 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

On one side of the road the Jemez river cut a hole through the soda deposits, forming a water fall framed by surrealistic shapes of rock, including a mini cave. On the other side, hot, sulphured water springs sprout from the ground and form a pool of crystal clear water. It is a beautiful spot to appreciate the wonders of... More 

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Cerrillos, New Mexico
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Incredible little spot but a little closer to the road than I liked. We were able to hike around to the top and it was lovely and we were able to get to a spot away from the road.

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Los Lunas, New Mexico
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91 reviews 91 reviews
28 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We were on our way to another attraction and came upon this falls. It was quite pretty this time of year with icicles hanging on in places. The falls however was running just fine. Nice photo op if you're in the area but wouldn't drive far out of my way to make it a destination.

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San Jose, California
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250 reviews 250 reviews
54 attraction reviews
187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Across the road from Soda Dam are some very small hot springs. There is a concrete wall erected to protect the road. This also serves as a tub of some sort, and if you really wanted to, could be used for soaking. However it is right next to the road, and the water is warm, not hot. It does have... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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163 reviews 163 reviews
74 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Soda Dam is an interesting formation, but not much else. This roadside attraction is often crowded and parking can be a real mess. The area is usually swarming with folks gawking and sometimes playing in the water. Not sure about the water quality. I wouldn't plan on any more than getting my feet wet and snapping a photo or two.

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