Outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico lies the village of Jemez Springs, famous for its variety of natural hot springs, including the San Antonio Hot Springs. Located in the Santa Fe National Forest, this primitive hot spring can be accessed after a half-mile hike on New Mexico’s back trails.
Hot Springs and Pools
The San Antonio Hot Springs flows from the source at 129° F before splitting into four small, primitive pools. Each pool varies in temperature, allowing you to soak in the spring that is most suitable to your personal preferences. Due to the springs rustic nature, there is no admissions fee to the San Antonio Hot Springs, but the pools are only available for day-use.
It should also be noted that camping in the area is prohibited and there are no facilities or shops nearby, so be sure to bring everything you need for the day.
While there is no camping at the springs, a few miles away lies the very popular San Antonio Campground. Located in a beautiful ponderosa pine forest at 7600 feet, it boasts 20 standard tent/RV campsites, 6 of which have electric and water hookups. There’s also a group campsite, which has 9 different walk-in sites and a big pavilion. Potable water and vault toilets are on-site.
Additionally, the San Antonio Hot Springs lies within the Santa Fe National Forest. Add a stop along your trip to go rock climbing, have a picnic, or try horseback riding in the high country. For those wishing to take a soak in a primitive paradise surrounded by trees or simply spend time in nature, look no further than the San Antonio Hot Springs!
When planning your trip, note that accessing the hiking trail can be difficult. The last few miles may require a 4×4 and these dirt roads are only open during the summer months, so during other times of the year, you will be required to park your car farther away and hike a longer distance.
- Starting in Albuquerque, NM, drive down I-25 N.
- Follow this road and US-550 N to NM-4 E in San Ysidro.
- Continue on this road until you reach a sign that directs you to the hot springs.
- Follow the half-mile trail to get there.
Address: NM-4 E, Jemez Springs, New Mexico 87025
Season; Year-round (The gate is closed during the winter, making this a 10-mile round trip hike.)
GPS Coordinates: 35.938 N, 106.646 W