Spence Hot Springs – New Mexico
Not too far from Jemez Springs, Spence Hot Springs is a popular destination for those looking for a relaxing soak while taking in epic views of New Mexico’s wilderness. This primitive and underdeveloped area offers two different pools that unfortunately have been cooling down over the years and now considered a warm springs area.
Details about Spence Hot Springs
The hot springs are located in the Chama River Valley and have been used by Native Americans for centuries as a source of healing and relaxation. They were rediscovered by settlers in 1879, who built an adobe structure around them to protect from the elements. The water temperature at Spence Hot Springs ranges from 95 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit (35-40 degrees Celsius). Visitors come here to soak their bodies in the mineral-rich waters which contain magnesium sulfate, calcium chloride, sodium bicarbonate and other beneficial minerals that help with muscle pain relief and stress reduction.
There are three main pools where visitors can take advantage of these therapeutic benefits: one large pool with a depth of 6 feet (1.8 meters), one small pool with a depth of 2 feet (.6 meters) and one shallow wading area where children can play safely away from deeper waters. In addition to soaking up the warm waters at Spence Hot Springs, there are plenty of activities nearby such as hiking trails or fishing spots along the Chama River or Rio Grande Rivers.
Camping is also available onsite so visitors can stay longer if they wish! With stunning views all around including snowcapped mountains during winter months it’s no wonder why this place is so popular among tourists looking for some peace and quiet surrounded by nature’s beauty. Spence Hot Springs has become increasingly more accessible over time due to improvements made by local authorities such as paved roads leading right up to the entrance gate plus wheelchair access ramps into each pool making it easier for those with disabilities or limited mobility enjoy all that this special spot has offer without too much difficulty.
Location and Map of Spence Hot Springs
Jemez Springs, NM 87025
During the summer months, Spence hot springs can get pretty crowded as it’s a local favorite. Clothing is required and it’s recommended you try and leave the way you came as sometimes you may see trash left from prior groups. The warm natural waters still provide the healing benefits which so many people are attracted too, but try to avoid submerging as the temperatures don’t get hot enough to kill all bacteria.
Directions to Spence Hot Springs
From Santa Fe, New Mexico
1. Start on US-84 West towards East Jemez road (29 miles)
2. Make a right onto East Jemez Road and travel 6 miles to NM-4 West (6 miles)
3. Continue on NM-4 West until you reach the parking area
It’s a very short hike to Spence hot springs. Unfortunately there is no camping in the area so the warm pools are only for day use. However, this helps keep the underdeveloped area intact and the beauty of the landscape. Happy Soaking!