Places to Visit in New Mexico
San Antonino natural hot springs sit at 8,360 ft elevation in the Santa Fe National Forrest. For a day trip out of Santa Fe or Albuquerque to natural hot springs, campgrounds and fishing spots, head to State Road 126 on Forest Road 376, past Jemez Springs (about a 70 minute drive from Albuquerque on HWY 4 from I-25). Four cascading pools between 10-15 feet wide side embedded into the mountainside overlooking the red dirt canyon. The springs discharge 323 gallons of water per minute and water temps run around 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Though temps in New Mexico skyrocket in summer and the springs are hot, the mountain breeze cools you when you’re wet, so don’t let the heat deter you from visiting.
Getting There: The San Antonio road opened two weeks ago, so to get to the springs either drive through the canyon, or hike 5 miles on the spring’s trail. Many other hiking trails and campgrounds sit near the San Antonio trail head so be sure to check a map. Trails aren’t very clearly marked so if you do hike it, look for signs like this along your way:
Bring: Lots of water, especially if you’re hiking in. Sunscreen, a swimsuit, towel, protein-rich snacks, camera, good walking shoes or hikers, a watch, and a spare shirt.
You Should Know: The water isn’t treated because the springs come naturally from the ground. State Park Visitors Center suggests visitors should avoid getting water in their nose to minimize the risk of contracting bacteria. Also watch for poison ivy.