What a magical place! Halfway between Santa Fe and Taos – it’s a world-class spa that historically has been in use for thousands of years by the indigenous people and now available to everyone. There are several small, intimate pools each with their own mineral composition. These small pools are ‘whisper zones’ and are perfect for relaxing or meditating. They have many different programs and packages if you’re so inclined featuring all the usual ‘spa-like’ stuff.
The restaurant is extremely good – we had both lunch and dinner there and the prices are reasonable, the staff is very friendly and knowledgable and the food is amazing.
One thing NOT to miss is booking a private pool – go at night and you have a cozy fire in the fireplace and the high walls make it private but you’re still open to the stars. Very amazing experience!
There are numerous hiking trails in the area and we tried a few of them. Just to make the experience more enjoyable tho I think they could use more signage as some trails were confusing. Plus when you got to the 'Joseph Mine Site' ... there was nothing telling you what it was or any info. Ditto for the Posi Pueblo ruins ... lots of potshards and some stakes with numbers on the ground but no other info. Just a thought.
The ONLY not so great thing is the campground experience. They do have an RV park and campground which, while rustic, is still ok by us. (There are no facilities like restrooms or showers etc.) But there’s no one on-site … you have to register at the hotel. They tell you to go and pick out your site and then come back and register which we did. We booked one night and decided that same night to book a second night. We found out the site we were in was already booked for the next night so we’d have to pick another site. No problem. They told us which sites were available so we picked one and registered and paid. The next morning tho there was some one already in the site. We spoke to him and all decided to head to the hotel to clear it up. We ended up letting them stay in that site and booked another. When we got there tho … someone was in THAT spot. Back at the hotel we were told that no one was registered in that spot and they’d get security to check it out. No problem. We took a hike for a bit and came back and the people were still there … they were outside so we spoke to them and they claimed that they WERE registered. We finally pulled into an empty site and then went to register. I mean … come on. How hard can this be?? The good thing that came from all of this is that for our trouble we were given a pass into the pools and a free private 50 minute pool. So we ended up happy but I think things need really to be addressed in the campground area. The staff handled the problems very well tho and all in all … I loved it!