Ojo Caliente Spa and Hot Springs
After a long day of exploring Taos and its Ski Valley area, a late night soak at Ojo Caliente Spa and Hot Spring was the perfect nightcap for the first full day of our extended weekend road trip.
We had spent the morning snowshoeing, the afternoon visiting temples, and the evening enjoying drinks, food, and live music. You can read more about our entire trip in my New Mexico Road Trip post!
We arrived at the front desk of Ojo Caliente around 7:30 p.m., paid our entrance fees totaling $40.78, listened to the safety run down, and were given directions to everything. We had until 10 p.m. to enjoy the facilities, and we intended to take full advantage of our time.
We found the women’s locker room to change and lock up our items. In just a few short minutes we would be briskly walking across the stone-floored patio toward our first pool.
The Iron Pool was the closest pool to our locker room, and we thought it would have some of the best views because of its awesome rock feature. It turns out that the pool has some of the best mineral features too.
A plaque outside the pool tells of an Indian legend claiming that the rock guards the place where ancient people of the mesa collected food and water during a famine and explains how the iron in the water is beneficial to the blood, immune system, and skin.
We sat in the water for a nice, long time taking in the big, red rock standing guard with shimmering stars behind it. Eventually, we decided it was time to move on to the next pool and see if we could find something hotter.
We walked up a stairwell next to the pool we were leaving and discovered the hottest pool in the spa, The New Terrace Pool. At night, its awning covers the stars, and we debated how long we wanted to stay. We knew we wouldn't find heat like this again, but we wanted a better view.
Our search took us to the indoor Soda Pool where we didn't even get in, because the pool that was supposed to be a silent reflection pool was loud and overcrowded instead.
We found The Lithia and Cliffside Pool next and discovered that both are pumped full of waters formulated to combat depression and aid in digestion. Both pools were just warm, so we didn't stay long in either.
Finally, we hustled across the chilly patio, jumped into the Arsenic Spring, and settled in for a long soak. This pool had all the qualities we had been searching for: it was hot, it wasn’t crowded, and it featured a wide open view of the sky and the stars above.
We enjoyed the company of an older couple and a few more visitors who were in and out during our invigorating time in the spring. We eventually learned that we only had about 45 minutes left in our spa access and decided to finish the night with a sauna session.
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