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Fathom – June 2015

USA: The West Itineraries: Head to Ojo Caliente if you're in the mood for daytime dips in red clay mud bath and baking in the New Mexico sun and nighttime soaks in private tubs under the incredible night sky.


Taos News – June 2015

Spring Hiking in Taos: Mica Mines at Ojo Caliente: A hike in the high desert followed by a soak at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs is one of New Mexico’s true pleasures. The plateau above Ojo Caliente offers gentle hikes through the desert landscape and views of mesas, cliffs, and mountains. The hot mineral waters soothe muscles tired from hiking and provide a feeling of deep relaxation.


A Cozy Kitchen – June 2015

I <3 New Mexico: All of [The Artesian’s] produce came straight from their own garden and the lamb and meat we ate were all locally sourced. The food was fresh and delicious.

 

Happiness Is – June 2015

A Mother-Daughter Babymoon in Santa Fe - Part 2: Arriving just in time for dinner, we dined at their restaurant, The Artesian, known for its farm to table menu, using organic fruits, veggies and herbs grown on-site. Chef Paul Novak wowed us with a mouth-watering grilled artichoke with garlic lemon aoili, the prettiest apple-piñon-feta salad (that matched my purple prickly-pear lemonade), enchiladas with handmade corn tortillas and a roasted vegetable chile relleno with quinoa piñon tamales.


Conde Nast Traveler – May 2015

US Cities That Make the Best and Worst First Impressions: Perhaps it's the mellow, arty vibe of the area; the uncrowded skiing in winter; the mineral hot springs at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa or the more rustic, and au naturel Stagecoach Hot Springs near Arroyo Hondo that leave such a good impression on travelers.


Thrillist – May 2015

12 Coolest Hotels in the West: For nearly 3,000 years, the eight Northern Pueblo tribal communities have considered these geothermal mineral waters flowing from a subterranean volcanic aquifer sacred.

 

Oklahoma Magazine – May 2015

Beyond State Lines: A peaceful and serene destination, Ojo is the only hot spring worldwide with four different minerals in its water. Those who submerge into its pools resurface renewed and rejuvenated.

 

Getaways For Grownups – May 2015

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa: As if the drive getting to Ojo Caliente weren’t relaxing enough—from Taos you’ll pass by the Rio Grande Gorge, arguably one of the world’s best vistas, and through Carson National Forest, the sort of place that inspires you to grab an easel and acrylics even if you can’t paint—once you arrive, the place wraps you in calm.


Curve Magazine – May 2015

Tarrying in Taos: On the top of my list when traveling is relaxing, and at Ojo Caliente, an hour’s drive from Taos, you can soothe your tired muscles and soak your aching bones in a private outdoor mineral pool, complete with kiva fireplace.


Albuquerque Journal – April 2015

Ojo Caliente’s chef talks 100 diners a night at 145-year old spa: The Artesian has become an attraction on its own, surrounded by the mineral springs and resort amenities that have been in operation in the town of Ojo Caliente for 145 years.
 

Edible Santa Fe – April 2015

Little Water, Big Sky: Ojo Caliente strikes a rare balance between luxurious and unpretentious, managing to appeal to all kinds of people. And it keeps getting better.
 

Muses & Visionaries – April 2015

SOAK: If you’re interested in making your spa visit a day trip, head to the natural sulfur and other mineral water springs in the town of Ojo Caliente. You may want to stop here on your way back from Ghost Ranch; it’s less than 40 minutes off Route 285, the most direct route back to Santa Fe. If you’re too relaxed for the drive back that night, the spa and a few surrounding hotels offer lodging. There’s nothing like a soak under the stars.
 

Santa Fean NOW – March 2015

Spring Awakening: Say Goodbye to Winter with Seasonal Specials and Local Fare at Ojo Caliente Sure you can still use your lift ticket from any New Mexico ski resort to get 20 percent off springs entry or a room at Ojo Caliente, but the peak of the snowy season is behind us. That’s why Ojo is also offering a Spring Awakening package that’s sure to revitalize you just in time for the winter weather. “During winter, we tend to move a bit slowly because it’s colder and our muscles stiffen up,” says publicist, Kathleen Langlois. “Spring Awakening provides the opportunity to warm up, rejuvenate, and check in with yourself.”


Organic Spa Magazine – March 2015

Hot Springs Around the World - Northern New Mexico’s Ojo Caliente (ojospa.com)—where the 11 sulphur-free pools are rich in lithia, iron, soda and arsenic—come from ancient subterranean volcanic sources.


Variety – February 2015

Retreat and Recharge: Top Ten Post-Awards Season Hotels - Approximately one hour from Santa Fe and two hours from Albuquerque’s soundstages, Ojo Caliente is a favorite of on-location talent and production execs (“The Breaking Bad” team made many pilgrimages here). The attraction: natural geothermal mineral hot springs in a stunning natural setting. New guest rooms and suites offer privacy and comfort, all set against a sandstone rock formation revered by Native Americans. Private soaking pools (each with its own kiva fireplace) are recent additions; a calming soak here will erase most of modern life’s cares. Also on property: a charming roadhouse-style eatery, spa, outdoor mud pool and 11 sulphur-free mineral water pools.


BudgetTravel.com – February 2015

Book These Romantic Getaways for Valentine’s Day - Spa treatments start at only $12 at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, and rustic rooms with New Mexican furnishings start at $139 per night. Or camp under the stars for only $20 per day. Plus: The entire Springs and Spa area is a strictly enforced "Whisper Zone" so no one interrupts your relaxation time. You can also book a private outdoor pool with a fireplace for only $50 for the whole evening.


AAA New Mexico – January 2015

3 Hot Springs in New Mexico - Slather, shake, and bake to your heart’s content in the new Mud Area at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa. As the mineral-rich clay dries on your skin and then is washed away, toxins are released from the pores. Beyond the mud, Ojo offers a variety of outdoor mineral-water pools as well as comfy guest rooms and spa services. Located midway between Santa Fe and Taos, the resort taps the natural springs where folks have been soaking for centuries. Hot springs rates begin at $14. Must be age 13 or older to enter Mud Area.


BudgetTravel.com – January 2015

Awesome & Affordable Hotel Spas! - Quirky and local, the treatments at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa are inspired by the property's 147-year-old history as a health resort; its mineral waters considered by early Native Americans to be sacred. Nowadays, 11 pools of varying temperatures contain four different types of purportedly healing mineral water: lithia to alleviate depression, iron to boost immunity, soda to aid digestion, and arsenic to heal skin conditions (access from $18). The 25-minute Signature Milagro Relaxation Wrap is only 12 bucks, but this isn't just any spa wrap—it's an ancient ritual.


USA Today 10 Best
– December 2014

Put a Little Romance in Your Santa Fe Lovers’ Getaway - Looking for something uber-romantic and unique? Book one of the private outdoor soaking pools at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, a little under an hour north of Santa Fe. A relaxing soak in the naturally hot mineral springs is perfect for lovers. While the warm pools whisper romance during the day, soaking a deux is at night under the stars takes it over the top. Add the flickering flames of a fire in the wood burning kiva fireplace and lie back in the warm water gazing at the brightly twinkling stars overhead. It doesn't get much sexier than this. Go between Monday and Thursday and take advantage of their High Desert Getaway for Two package which includes two massages along with a soak in one of the private pool kiva pools fire ablaze. When done soaking, share a bottle of wine in the resort's intimate bar.


Santa Fean NOW – December 2014

Ojo Caliente Shop Your Way to a Free Soak – The best shopping between Santa Fe and Taos may well be at Ojo Caliente’s El Mercado gift shop. Tucked 50 miles north of the City Different along Route 285, El Mercado offers jewelry, clothing, and body care items, many of which are part of the spa’s signature Ojo Collection.


Taos Ski Valley Winter Guide – December 2014

Beyond the Mountain Village – Soak your bones in the sacred waters of Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa.


Telegraph (UK) – December 2014

Five American Spa Breaks – In the high desert of New Mexico, the hot springs spa Ojo Caliente focuses on Native American techniques of spirituality and healing. The geothermal mineral waters have flowed from a subterranean volcanic aquifer for thousands of years, now complemented by treatments featuring local herbs, plants and salts.


Go Escape – December 2014

10 Desert Escapes – If you want rejuvenation and relaxation, look no further than Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa. Set on 1,100 prime desert acres amidst rust-colored cliffs, Ojo Caliente is the only hot spring in the world with four unique, sulfur-free, geothermal mineral pools (temperatures range from 80 – 109 degrees Fahrenheit), and the resort’s “whisper zone” keeps the vibe tranquil.


Fine Lifestyles – November 2014

Rejuvenating Jaunts Near Santa Fe – Ojo Caliente: Magical and Sacred Healing Close to Home. Just a short, stunningly beautiful drive from downtown Santa Fe is Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa. Ojo Caliente, as most refer to this legendary spa, is located on the pueblo of the Posi or Poshuouinge tribe and is known as “the village at the place of the green bubbling hot springs.” It is filled with magic and transformation and immediately nourishes the body as well as the soul. You can inhale and feel a divine presence upon arrival.


Taos News (Winter Guide) – November 2014

Get (Hot) Springs - About an hour outside of Taos, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa is the area's most luxurious hot springs. Established in 1868 as a sanitarium, “Ojo” boasts whisper zones, the earthy and lulling scent of pinon and juniper fires and [four] different types of mineral waters. During the winter, the adobe buildings of Ojo Caliente are graced with iconic farolitos, the Christmas season paper lanterns.


Santa Fe New Mexican (Winterlife) – November 2014

Getting in Hot Waters - This bathhouse is the grande dame of New Mexico's commercial hot springs. First opened in 1868 – making it perhaps the oldest in the United States – it has undergone significant upgrades over the past decade, improving its look, facilities, and services. With overnight accommodations ranging from rooms in the original creaky hotel to new, posh suites and casitas – some with their own thermal pools – you can stay here for several days sampling all the various pools and spa services, including massages and the famous blanket wraps.


Examiner – November 2014

Meet me in Santa Fe - You can also get a little further out of town at the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, including private outdoor pools, complete with a kiva fireplace. What could be more romantic?

Business Insider – November 2014

13 Perfect Mountains for Every Kind of Ski Trip - Ojo Caliente, a nearby hot springs, is a perfect place to soak sore quads. 

Organic Spa Magazine – October 2014

A Place Like No Other - Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, founded in 1868, is probably the oldest mineral hot springs resort in the country, but you’d never know it. Tucked into the picturesque northern New Mexico desert, less than an hour from Santa Fe, Ojo is beautifully restored and provides everything you need—desert hikes, sulfur-free healing waters that flow from an underground volcanic aquifer, a therapeutic Spa—for an amazingly restorative experience.


GALA Magazine (Germany) – October 2014

Charlize Theron Has Already Bathed in the Hot Springs - The natives believe that this water has the power of the gods," wrote the Spanish explorers over the warm source in northern New Mexico, “…and baptized it, Ojo Caliente.” The resort has been a place of pilgrimage for almost 150 years for the health conscious. The Hotel, Spa, and bath houses were continually renovated and now offer a rustic luxury. Herbs from the garden build the body, and the spa offers a pampering menu. A highlight is the "Native American Blue Corn & Prickly Pear Salt Scrub," a scrub mix made of blue corn, prickly pear and sea salt.


USA Today 10 Best – October 2014

Relax, Revive, Rejuvenate at Santa Fe’s Pampering Spas - If you're a spa purist, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa is for you. With its natural thermal mineral waters bubbling out of the ground, it's the only "true spa" in the Santa Fe area. Seven public soaking pools provide mineral waters with diverse therapeutic properties. In addition, there are private soaking tubs and three private outdoor pools with kiva fireplaces. Ojo offers a full range of therapeutic modalities, including their signature Milagro Wrap. The historic property, opened in 1869, has been totally renovated and expanded. The modern spa reception center offers locker rooms for guests. If you want a multi-day spa getaway, they offer a variety of accommodations from camping to luxurious suites. A perk: admission to the public pools is included in the room and you even get it on departure day. Their Artesian Restaurant has a farm to table approach for healthy dining.


Lonely Planet – September 2014

Hot Springs Hunting in the Southwest USA: The granddaddy of all Southwestern-soaking spots, Ojo Caliente wins for ambiance, hands down. Set amongst the dusky hills of northern New Mexico, the resort comprises several adobe pools fueled by a natural aquifer.


Domino – September 2014

Worth the Trip: Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa – Located on 1,100 acres 50 miles north of Santa Fe, Ojo Caliente is one of the oldest natural health resorts in the country—and the only hot springs in the world with four different types of mineral waters. The spa offers a range of health and beauty treatments (including killer massages), many centered on the therapeutic benefits of the springs. Guests can also enjoy yoga, hiking, and biking.


Travel + Leisure – August 2014

Top Day Trips from Santa Fe. Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa - Southwest of Taos, Ojo officially became a “spa” 145 years ago, but ancestors of the native Tewa tribes and 16th-century Spanish colonizers have used the geothermal water that flows from an ancient volcanic aquifer to the surface at the rate of more than 100,000 gallons per day, for centuries. Rent a Cliffside Suite with kiva fireplace and a private soaking tub.


USA Today 10 Best – August 2014

10Best: Green Hotels Across America. Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa - Visitors have enjoyed these New Mexico hot springs for centuries. Solar power supplies some heat and rainwater supports irrigation. A spring-fueled geothermal system heats and cools buildings, there's an on-site water treatment facility, and landscaping features native plants. New construction employs salvaged materials and low VOC paints. Bask in natural warmth, knowing the environment is well taken care of too.


Huffington Post – July 2014

An Enchanting Road Trip to New Mexico’s Hot Springs. Head north out of Santa Fe for a one hour drive to Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa, the crown jewel of New Mexico hot spring spas. This secluded sacred sanctuary surrounded by stunning high desert mesas is one of the oldest mineral hot springs in the country.


USA Today 10 Best – July 2014

Travel Destinations 10 Best. Ojo Caliente isn't just a destination. It's a life-loving experience. If you've heard of Ojo, you most likely know about their amazing mineral springs and spa, which are truly incredible! What you may not know about is their equally phenomenal restaurant, The Artesian. Located in their historic hotel, the Artesian offers Southwestern favorites as well as international fare using local ingredients, known as the guerrilla gardening farm-to-table initiative. They have beehives, they compost and they have a year-round greenhouse in the works. We love it!


Taos Summer Visitor’s Guide – Summer/Fall 2014

Soak Up New Improvements and Enhancements at Ojo Caliente. Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa has had a busy winter. With a goal of improving the experience for the guests, while honoring the facility’s essence, charms and history with a ongoing ideal of stewardship for sustainability.


nextavenue.org June 2014

Top 9 Places for Healing Waters. A sacred oasis 50 miles north of Santa Fe, Ojo Caliente (hot eye) is perfect for day trips or overnight stays in rustic Southwestern elegance. Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs offers yoga classes or indigenous spa treatments (e.g. a blue corn-prickly pear scrub). Revered by Pueblo Indians for over 3,000 years, the springs are heated by subterranean volcanic aquifers and fill 11 pools with 80- to 109-degree waters with different combinations of minerals (one has more arsenic in it, which is believed to relieve arthritis). A big plus: no chlorine. The water is sterilized with ozone and ultraviolent light and pools are refilled three times a week.


Pulse – May 2014

Serving up the Local Flavor- Treatments that Feature Local ingredients and Celebrate Traditions. Just north of Santa Fe is Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs’ secluded sanctuary, which was deemed sacred by Native Americans centuries ago. Most of the spa’s treatments are inspired by the Native American culture and traditional healing practices of the region.


2014 Taos News People’s Choice Awards – May 2014
First Place: “Best Massage”
•  First Place: “Best Place to Pamper Your Skin”
•  First Place: “Best Weekend Getaway”
•  First Place: “Best Place to Take a Dip”
•  First Place: “Best Place to Soak”


The Wall Street Journal May 2014

A Llama Trek In New Mexico. Outside of town, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs has mud pools, a full spa and a restaurant, for off-the-beaten-path prices (from $139 per night).


The Huffington PostMay 2014

The Top 7 Places to Visit for Healing Waters. A sacred oasis 50 miles north of Santa Fe, Ojo Caliente (hot eye) is perfect for day trips or overnight stays in rustic Southwestern elegance. Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs offers yoga classes or indigenous spa treatments (e.g. a blue corn-prickly pear scrub). Revered by Pueblo Indians for over 3,000 years, the springs are heated by subterranean volcanic aquifers and fill 11 pools with 80- to 109-degree waters with different combinations of minerals (one has more arsenic in it, which is believed to relieve arthritis).


Travel + LeisureApril 20, 2014

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs - Featured Santa Fe Getaway. For centuries, this high-desert community’s mineral springs have been sought out for their healing properties. Come here for a reinvigorating yet relaxing retreat: Bask in the warmth of the waters and take yoga lessons or go for gentle hikes. Wind down your days by dining at the resort’s organic restaurant, or enjoying an evening soak in a private outdoor hot tub near a crackling kiva fireplace.


The Weekly Alibi – April 10, 2014

A Sacred Experience. Any restaurant that allows one to eat in a bathrobe automatically gains a star in my book. It may be the easiest star to gain, but too few are willing to be so chill. The Artesian Restaurant at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa earns its “robe star” at breakfast and lunch, at least, but the casual feeling extends through dinner (which can, for what it’s worth, be purchased takeout in one’s robe).


Organic Spa Magazine – March 2014

Feel the Heat. Whether you visit for a day or a week, let the warmth seep into your bones and detox your skin in the beautiful redwood dry sauna at Ojo Caliente, in Ojo Caliente, New Mexico, about an hour outside Santa Fe. The sauna is heated by lava rocks plus electric heaters, and hovers at 160 degrees. Rotate the dry heat with eucalyptus-infused wet steam which, at 125 degrees, will stimulate the circulation and give you a good sweat.


Austinlifestylemag.com–March 28, 2014

Relax at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa. Fall in love with the natural, healing spring waters and extend your stay with Ojo’s lodging. Benefits of soaking are believed to include: relieving digestive issues, arthritis, stomach ulcers, skin conditions, fatigue, and the blood and immune system. Historically, people joined at Ojo to prevent illness – give it a try! Enclosed by three walls, soak in a private pool with kiva fireplace. Where the fourth wall would be faces the scenic canyon. This is a must for another breathtaking mountain view. Make the drive to Ojo, a place full of spirit and energy.


CNN.com and CNNmoney.com – March 26, 2014

America’s Best Spring Drives Santa Fe/Taos Loop, New Mexico The Route. Follow the (literal) High Road from Santa Fe north on Route 285 through high-elevation deserts and orchards. It leads to the cottonwood-dotted valley of Ojo Caliente and its pueblo communities; the Taos Pueblo compound, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was built before 1400 and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in America. Loop back from Taos on the Low Road, State Route 68, which runs along the Rio Grande past wineries.


Huffingtonpost.com – March 15, 2014

Getting Naked With Strangers. The Baths I've always enjoyed the 'baths' in the U.S., from Colorado's Pagosa Springs to Ojo Caliente, near Taos. When younger, my husband and I hiked the backwoods of New Mexico to find steaming mineral soaking pits tucked in among the rocks, where we would strip and dunk, a secret slice of heaven. But the last time I'd done anything naked and public was decades ago.


Santa Fe Reporter – March 11, 2014

Spring Into Healing. Geothermal hot spring pools cure what ails you. One Ojo Caliente brochure, created shortly after 1916, espoused the health benefits of the springs through more than a dozen testimonials of people, some who claimed to have been “completely” cured of their ailments after soaking in and drinking the mineral water. On the last page under the testimonials, it offers the rates: room, board and baths for $29 a week or $120 a month. Even back then, health care came at a cost—various inflation calculators indicate that $29 in 1916 had the buying power of more than $650 in today’s dollars. Currently, the one-day cost of admission at Ojo, about 50 miles north of Santa Fe, is $28 on the weekends and $18 on weekdays.


Skicurbed.com March 7, 2014

Couples: Taos, NM Where to stay: Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs & Spa A total departure from the megaresorts in the west and where desert meets mountains, Taos is known for its uncrowded slopes, relaxed vibe and vibrant arts scene. For a perfect ski and soak combination, hole up off the mountain at the affordable Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs & Spa – where natural mineral waters throughout the entire resort have healed visitors since the 16th century. The recently renovated Cliffside Suites include a private soaking tub – or take your pick from the property's Kiva Pool, Mud Bath and full spa service menu. Spring skiers save 20% off spa and lodging with any New Mexico lift ticket or season pass.


County Living Magazine March 3, 2014

5 Relaxing and Affordable Spa Vacations, Ojo Caliente, Where: New Mexico, What: Indigenous Southwestern tribes bathed in Ojo's healing waters for ages, and in 1868, the first bathhouse was built on this rocky desert site. Today, visitors can bask in 11 pools—all fed by a natural aquifer, whose 80- to 109-degree waters contain iron and trace minerals believed to relieve everything from digestive troubles to skin conditions. Prefer a solo soak? Reserve one of Ojo's cliffside suites with a private outdoor tub (from $139 a night).


Creator’s Syndicate February 20, 2014
Taking the Waters at Ojo Caliente. Now in its 145th year of operation, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa proclaims itself the oldest establishment of its kind in America. And it has long been one of the most popular spa destinations in the Southwest. In its latest (and grandest) incarnation the resort features a variety of mineral-rich hot pools, Native American-inspired spa treatments, savory cuisine and a wide range of accommodations. These include comfortable rooms in the historic hotel, a row of cabin-style cottages and 48 stylishly appointed newer units — the Cliffside and Pueblo Suites, which open onto the gardens, some with their own hot tubs.


Voices.Yahoo.com February 18, 2014

"Top Ten Great American Road Trips" No. 8: High Road to Taos, Santa Fe, N.M., to Taos to Ojo Caliente, N.M., 195 miles. Drive north on 64, then go south on US 285 to Ojo Caliente Mineral Resort and Spa for a mud bath or massage. Natural hot springs can be found to soak for free, but most require some back-road driving and hiking.


Outsideonline.com February 12, 2014, “10 Winter Escapes to Hot Springs”
Ojo Caliente, New Mexico You'll find the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa is only about an hour's drive north of Santa Fe, though you might feel like you're much farther from the bustling state capital. Located on 1,100 acres that adjoin national forest and public land, this resort acts as a retreat into the Southwestern wilderness.


About.com–February 2014

Spas of Santa Fe. Deep-rooted in Native American culture and saturated with art and adobe architecture, Santa Fe is known as The City Different because truly – there’s no place like it around. Immersing oneself in the nation’s oldest and highest capital, it doesn’t take long to notice one “common” trait amongst locals and visitors alike: A state of bliss that can be attributed to a mix of pure mountain air and a myriad of retreats to relax and rejuvenate. For those looking for a nature-based escape, Santa Fe serves up something for every taste from mineral springs to indigenous ingredients and everything in between.


Shermantravel.com – January 1, 2014

Smart Luxury: 8 Day Spas in the U.S. That are Worth the Splurge. Ojo Caliente Santa Fe, NM This Navajo-inspired resort offers something a little different – with fees that are a little easier to manage – in Santa Fe. Eleven (!) hot springs brim with four different types of thermal mineral waters… on top of a new detoxifying mud pool and steam and sauna rooms.


USA Today 10 Best – November 2013

The Artesian Restaurant at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa

#2 on the list of the “10 Best Restaurants in the Santa Fe Area”


New Mexico Magazine – October 2013 –reprinted from December 1949

Ojo Springs Eternal – A neophyte stumbles on the ancient healing springs—and the advent of a lifelong pilgrimage.

My first visit to Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs was accidental. I was one of a party of four on an extended camping trip through the mountains of northern New Mexico. We had broken camp on the Río Pueblo and were rolling south along U.S. 64 when I asked the driver, “Where are we going?” “Ojo Caliente.”


CNN.com – September 27, 2013
10 Things to Know Before Visiting New Mexico.
Ojo Caliente's mineral waters have worked wonders for thousands of years. Ancestors of the native Tewa tribes, 16th-century Spanish colonizers, and ailing bodies in search of a miracle cure have all made the pilgrimage to soak in the geothermal water that flows from an ancient volcanic aquifer to the surface at the rate of more than 100,000 gallons per day. Southwest of Taos, Ojoofficially became a "spa" 145 years ago, but it still has public Lithia, Iron, Soda, and Arsenic springs. For privacy, rent a brand-new Cliffside Suite with kiva fireplace and a private soaking tub.

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