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Spence Hot Springs, Jemez Springs

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Hot Spring · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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Spence Hot Springs are a group of geothermal springs located north of the town of Jemez Springs, New Mexico, in the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
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  • Beautiful scenery with a brisk hike leads to an unremarkable "hot springs" which could better be described as a lukewark kiddie pool. I have read that the spring has cooled down over the years. This.....  more
    Beautiful scenery with a brisk hike leads to an unremarkable "hot springs" which could better be described as a lukewark kiddie pool. I have read that the spring has cooled down over the years. This.....  more »
  • Fun experience, but disappointed. Bottom pool had a lot of Algae, upper pool temp was luke warm. It's about a 20 minute hike, but you have to hike down and go over the river, then hike back up... 
    Fun experience, but disappointed. Bottom pool had a lot of Algae, upper pool temp was luke warm. It's about a 20 minute hike, but you have to hike down and go over the river, then hike back up...  more »
  • My husband and I went to Spencer Hot Springs on a Friday morning. I read that the parking lot fills up quickly so we did not want to miss out. We arrived at 10 am. There were about 10 parking spaces.....  more
    My husband and I went to Spencer Hot Springs on a Friday morning. I read that the parking lot fills up quickly so we did not want to miss out. We arrived at 10 am. There were about 10 parking spaces.....  more »
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  • Loved this hidden gem! Stop by Amanda’s Country Store for a map and some guidance in the area! The hot spring temperature wasn’t that warm but a nice treat after days of camping and hiking. Just beware, this a clothing optional site! Don’t hike here if you’re against being natural!
  • These should really be called warm springs. The views and the hike to get to the two pools were very pleasant. You will need to do some hiking to get there though, so keep it in mind. There was an allegedly third pool to see, but all in all much smaller than expected. If there is a crowd, simply not enough room to relax.
  • A cute hot spring where you can get amazing photos *if* it's not crowded, which it usually is. The path up has a lot of small stairs to start then it's a rough/rocky path. It can get pretty muddy. I went in Nov/Dec (in a very dry year) and it was like walking in a muddy creek. The walk is pretty steep (you go down to the creek then follow the water back up the hill) but it's short to get to the springs. There are two small pools. The top pool is warmer and has a little cave that you can crawl into that is the heat source, so it's almost like a hot tub/sauna. There is enough room for about 3 adults to sit in there. The top pool is very rocky though and can kinda hurt. The bottom pool is muddy/slimy (so gentle in your feet) but not as warm, probably just above room temp. The water is only about 2/3.5 feet deep in either pool. About 1/2 ft in the cave. There are red bugs in the summer and fall buzzing around but they don't bite/sting. Be sure to like this review if it was helpful!
  • Great short hike not long after some snowfall. Upper pool warmer than the lower. Good to take a dip even at 32 degrees F outside. Sunny afternoon 😁
  • What a wonderful little place! It was super cold when and snowing a little but the spring was warm enough to keep us warm. The real gem is the little cave at that top that you climb into and stay nice and warm!

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