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Spence Hot Springs, Jemez Springs

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  • The whole area is pretty and worth spending a day hiking. This particular spot is ruined by people hanging out and leaving behind trash (dirty diapers, plastic bottles). Also dog and possible human fe...  more »
  • This used to be a really nice place to visit. Unfortunately, some people have no respect for the environment and just litter everywhere. Always crowded. I filled a bag with trash that I found inside a...  more »
  • This place use to be amazing. Sadly it is now trashed, the water temperature seems questionable, and visitors treat it like a party at a public pool. 18 years ago I started visiting this place several...  more »
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  • In 1948-50 I was 3-5 yrs old living with my family in Albuquerque. With several other families, we would drive up to these springs, tent camp, and climb a NARROW trail cut out into the side of the mountain. A large log which was planed on top allowed the creek to be crossed and we had to be careful as often the log was slick and there was no handrail. There were 2 pools which we just referred to as Jemez Springs. The highest pool was the hottest (and most popular) with a tall rock face on the north side and large rocks around it. The pool was 2-3' deep and you could see bubbles from the springs coming up thru the water. It was nude bathing in the upper pool and there was a sign which indicated whether men or women were bathing at the time. If the "women" sign was facing the trail, the men sat on logs along the trail until it was their turn, and no one ever had to wait more than 15 minutes because the pool was so hot. Sometimes we would let the men go in, wait on the logs, then go back into the upper pool. The upper pool was so warm you could only stay in for about 9 minutes before feeling faint and moving down to the lower pool, which was much cooler. I seem to recall a 3rd pool, but maybe it was only where the little creek widened before narrowing as it flowed down the mountain. One of the men who camped with us had lost a leg in WWII and couldn't negotiate the trail by himself so my Father, who was 6'5", would carry him up and down that narrow trail to the springs on his back. I can remember how wet and slick the trail would be after a night's rain and always admired my Father's ability to help this man enjoy those pools. My Sister and I visited these pools 19 years ago, and I was amazed how wide the trail was and how the mountainside had eroded. I also can attest there is Poison Oak up there so be careful where you sit! These pools bring back wonderful childhood memories.
  • View is amazing, hike is short and easy, but the water is warm if at best and cloudy.
  • Short hike, a little steep, totally worth it. There is no signage on the road, just a small turn off and parking area. Water is pretty clean and not really hot, closer to 100-102°F. The view across the canyon from the pools is spectacular.
  • Beautiful location, very easy to get to. There was however some trash issues but the water was clean. Just a note that if you see trash around the hot springs, make an effort to pick it up so all can enjoy. Also the view was amazing while sitting back and relaxing!
  • Gorgeous hot springs in the Jemez Mountains. Worth the drive from Santa Fe.

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