We left Colorado and entered New Mexico by way of Rt 285 and headed right to the hot springs in Ojo Caliente. The springs are located on 1,100 acres with miles of hiking/biking trails. We ended up camping there for two nights.
We stop here whenever we visit New Mexico. The hot springs and spa opened its doors in 1868 making it one of the oldest health spas in the USA. The mesa just above the springs has miles of trails.
We never tire of exploring these hills. It always amazes us how such a dry and stark landscape can produce such beauty.
Just down the road from the campground we discovered a labyrinth.
The folks who run the spa are always looking to improve and add new features. This year they installed a number of vintage trailers for rent with more on the way.
But the real attractions are the springs and spa.
There are four different sulfur-free mineral waters: Lithia, Iron, Soda and Arsenic. The temperatures vary as well as the purported health benefits. We just find it relaxing to soak in the hot water.
After two days we where ready to move on to Santa Fe for an extended stay and a meet up with Shelly’s sister Ellen and her husband Rory.