Chinati Hot Springs

Chinati Hot Springs, Marfa: Address, Phone Number, Chinati Hot Springs Reviews: 4.5/5

Chinati Hot Springs
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1 Hot Springs Rd Presidio, TX 79845, Marfa, TX 79843-9631
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Clay N
2 contributions
Nov 2020
This is a great little place. The cabins are comfortable, the shared kitchen facilities are well appointed, the hot tub is excellent, staff is friendly, and the scenery is hard to beat. It is out in the middle of nowhere. Know that you aren't going to get a cell signal out there, there is no WiFi, and that you should top off your gas tank in Presidio. Bring anything you want to eat or drink with you. The 7-mile dirt road to get there isn't bad. Anything that isn't lowered could get there. Make sure you put a heavy rock on your cooler to keep out the critters. There is a great little canyon trail leading to a bunch of painted rocks. They aren't artifacts or anything, but they are cool. Don't climb the stairs near there. It leads to private property.
Written November 15, 2020
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EW_Nocona
San Marcos, TX95 contributions
Nov 2014 • Couples
Hot tub soaking is great....note the big pool/tub is closed in fall-winter. Other outside tub is ok for 6-8 people but not hot enough in the fall/winter for long stays. A room with its own tub is recommended...esp for couples.....very cozy. BRING everything you want to eat and drink....there is nothing for miles. Communal kitchen has stoves, refrigerators, ice, utensils, etc. Hike the hot springs river bed up and/or down...amazing geologic layering of concreted river bed rocks and gravel, clay, and what looks to be dust layers from ancient events. Lava rocks are plentiful, but are well rounded and traveled from point of origin, as are sedimentary rocks with colorful mixtures. Cool tabby cat while we were there had run of the place. Very friendly caretaker, and once you get set up you won't see much of her unless you seek her out. Very peaceful.

Word of travel advice...DO NOT make the choice to take the Pinto Canyon country road out to FM 2810 (where there is pavement) and onto Marfa without consideration. It can be a perilous journey even with a high-clearance 4 wheel drive vehicle. It is beautifully scenic, but many low water crossings (can be difficult during/following a rain), narrow road, elevation changes from about 2300 foot above sea level to about 5600 foot...and you'll be hugging some of the mountain sides to stay on the road at parts. I'm sure no big deal for the ranching hands that work out there, but if you're not used to 4-wheeling rough country, better just take the long way back through Presidio. Know that if you have trouble...NO cell phone service, and very few other travelers to come along for a rescue - maybe none for days. When we made the trek, we finally got out of the Chinati mountains and came upon a US Express Trucker (Sean from Baltimore) stuck in the mud. His first time in Texas, trying to get from California to Laredo and said his GPS unit directed him down to Marfa and onto that road. Crazy. Not sure what that was about, but we gave him a ride back into Marfa....if he had had to walk, it could have truly been life threatening from dehydration. We also gave him a Texas map to supplement his GPS. Over the whole distance from the Springs to Marfa (~55 miles) we did not see one other person or operating vehicles....only a few ranch houses in the distance which may or may not have been occupied. Happy to have made the adventurous trip route once, but don't think I'd ever do it again.
Written November 8, 2014
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MargaretMaugenest
Brisbane, Australia19 contributions
Dec 2013 • Solo
I can't believe Chinati Springs only has two reviews - I was there a few years ago and it was magical. Watching the sun setting while in the pool is unforgettable. The drive to the springs is beautiful, quiet, desert. I had a room, but was invited by a couple who were camping to share their dinner. Either way is a wonderful way to be in that spectacular setting. The managers were very sweet and helpful. I hope my life bringsme back there one days, some day.
Written November 24, 2014
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Kcsaucier
9 contributions
Jan 2017 • Family
A great place to relax and unplug. As we drove the Pinto Canyon Road from Marfa we felt completely removed from the world and loved it. If you go that route make sure you have a vehicle that can handle it. It is very scenic but no GPS or phone service there! Chinati Hot Springs rustic buildings are clean and charming. The adobe structures were cool during the warm day and warm during the cold night. The hot spring fed outdoor community spa tub feels fabulous. We enjoyed hiking, building a great camp fire in one of the fire pits, and just being together. One of our rooms had a private outdoor bath fed by the springs - I highly recommend reserving one of those rooms. The kitchen is perfect for the camp experience. We would love to go there again!
Written January 11, 2017
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MagpieMorning
Taos, NM3 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
We stayed two nights at this desert oasis and were lucky enough to be the only guests at the springs for almost 24 hours. It was the perfect place to unplug and unwind. Excellent place for star watching and soaking up the sounds of nature. It’s extremely quiet. Great spot for birders and rock enthusiasts.
The community kitchen supplies the tools you supply the ingredients. It would be a fun place for a reunion or party, you can rent the whole place. It is remote. At almost two and half hours past Marfa, TX driving to Chinati Hot Springs is an adventure. Spend more than one night or you’ll be bummed you have to leave so soon. Loved the waters the hot pool was just right and the cold plunge lived up to its name. If you’re a desert dweller you’re gonna love it.
Written May 7, 2018
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Kay N
39 contributions
Jan 2019
This resort compound in the remote Pinto Canyon was a wonderful stay for us. Our unit was so comfortable and clean, artistically decorated home for one night. We stayed in the Número uno room, with bath and shower and private tub. The common kitchen is amazingly well equipped, and although we were the only ones using it.....the kitchen could easily accommodate dozens of guests. Comfortable chairs are everywhere on the property to enjoy the peaceful setting. We learned that the springs was reopened by mostly local volunteers, after it fell into disrepair, and you can tell the love that went into it. If you love the quiet of the desert and aren’t afraid of back roads, this resort is the best.
Written February 4, 2019
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suzzyf
Indianapolis, IN107 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
Chinati Hot Springs is a wonderful tonic for those in need of a peaceful getaway. If you are addicted to TV or cell service be warned...there is none and that is what makes the Springs such an Oasis!
Diana and Dan who manage the property are wonderful hosts, they preserve the legacy of this remote, amazing place while making improvements that do not compromise its unique integrity. We met terrific people and shared great meals in the communal kitchen that is fully equipped for cooking anything. The hot spring tub is rejuvenating, the cabins nicely furnished and cozy. We had a fabulous stay and will be back. Bring all provisions, there are two huge refrigerators for storage. Great hiking, starry nights and bliss.
Written December 31, 2016
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Mark A
New Jersey14 contributions
Jan 2016
My girlfriend and I had fun here, but they close at 6pm and you have to make a reservation!

The hotspring was nice and warm. Bring water so as not to dehydrate. They had towels which was nice.

You can stay there overnight, although we just went for the day.
There's a nice river nearby you can look at and walk around.
Written February 12, 2016
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maralea2
Texas1 contribution
May 2014 • Friends
took 15 ladies down the first weekend in May and had a fab time relaxing, soaking in hot tubs, etc...There is a kitchen available for cooking or you can cook out. You need to take your own food. Camping and rooms available

The caretaker there is WONDERFUL!! facilities very clean
Written May 28, 2014
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Farah A
Dublin, Ireland19 contributions
Oct 2015
Very friendly staff. Rejuvenated! I can't begin to describe how great I felt after being here. I would suggest to people to be careful which road they come in by as the canyon road is not good for the car or sanity. BUT when you get to the springs it is the most tranquil place you can be. Loved it.
Written February 2, 2016
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