My travel companion, Jimmy Smith, has a passion for natural hot springs. He discovered Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa more than a decade ago when he and his former-wife, Nancy, were bicycling through this region on a tour from Mexico to Spokane.
While the hotel rooms, cottages and private homes are a little pricy ($119-500/night) the RV/tent campground is a steal. Now, it is a stripped down campground with no flush toliets (there are porta-potties) or showers. But the $20/night comes with electricity and water (we’re not hooking up to the water because it tastes heavily treated and, to us, is not drinkable).
Access to the mineral pools, sauna and steam runs $12/each after 6 p.m. A full-day (8 a.m.-10 p.m.) use is $16 (Monday-Thursday) and $24 (Friday, Saturday and holidays).
Photo top: View of main pool at Ojo Caliente from my hammock. By Julianne Crane; bottom: Iron pool. Source: Ojo Caliente Web site.