With warm, crystal-clear water, the McCauley Warm Springs, near Jemez Springs, is sure to help you relax while taking in New Mexico’s stunning scenic views. One of the most frequently visited primitive hot springs in the country, McCauley Warm Springs is worth the 3.4-mile roundtrip hike.
Natural Hot Spring Pools
The McCauley Warm Springs consists of two primitive pools, both hovering around 90-95°F, depending on the season. The free, *warm springs are open for day use only and are large enough to fit around 20 people. If you prefer to soak in privacy, you may want to plan your visit during a weekday, being that this hot spring is popular.
*Due to this water temperature being lower than the average human body, these pools are considered warm springs.
For those hiking with pets, know that dogs are allowed at the hot spring but must remain leashed at all times.
Additionally, there are no amenities, and camping is prohibited. While this site is classified as clothing required, McCauley Warm Springs is often visited by naturists. Forest Services aren’t known to strictly enforce this rule, so if you choose to soak without swimsuits, know it comes with a slight risk.
Note: Some visitors have reported feeling nibbles on their toes from minnows while soaking. If this sensation bothers you, it is recommended that you wear water shoes.
Nearby Hot Springs
The Valles Caldera National Preserve is 17 miles north of the spring and provides visitors with a myriad of recreational activities. For those looking for more developed hot springs, as well as spas and bathhouses, travel to the village of Jemez Springs for a more luxurious experience.
The drive to the springs is relatively easy with the hike up offering incredible views of Battleship Rock and the surrounding area.
To Get There From Santa Fe, NM:
- Drive down US-84 W and NM-502 for about 29 miles until you get to E Jemez Rd.
- Turn right and travel 5.6 miles, then take NM-4W until you reach the start of the hiking trail.
- The trail is 3.4 miles round-trip.
Note: When visiting, use a map, and follow the correct route. There is a fork in the trail and many people go the wrong way. Also, keep in mind that the hiking trail may become hazardous if there is bad weather.
Address: McCauley Spring, Jemez Springs, New Mexico 87025
Season: Year-round | Weather can make the trail hazardous
GPS: 35.8204, -106.6279