On a trip to Colorado, we were happily introduced to natural hot springs. So relaxing! We're planning to go to New Mexico in March and would like to enjoy a couple of good soaks. Do you have any recommendations or resources to find good ones?
If you're looking for hot springs, you couldn't have picked a better state to visit. It once had a town named Hot Springs, before a marketing ploy renamed it Truth or Consequences in honor of the old television game show.
Up and down the Rio Grande, from Taos to Silver City, you will find dozens of naturally occurring geothermal mineral pools that are thought to have healing powers. Some are so obscure that only locals know their location, while others have been incorporated into destination spas.
And Truth or Consequences is still home to numerous mineral pools like the ones found at the Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa (sierragrandelodge.com) and the Fire Water Lodge Bed & Breakfast (firewaterlodge.com).
A listing of the state's hot springs , public and private, is on New Mexico's tourism website (newmexico.org). It provides an informative history of the steamy spa ritual and lists everything from the no-frills Jemez Springs Bathhouse (jemezspringsbathhouse.com), in operation since the 1870s, to the luxe Japanese-inspired Ten Thousand Waves spa (tenthousandwaves.com) near the capital, Santa Fe.
Got a travel-related question? Send it to Hillary Geronemus, travel editor at Body + Soul magazine, at hillarygeronemus @yahoo.com .