Ojo Caliente. Hot Eye in Spanish. Also known as ” the healing waters.”
Nestled among the sagebrush and sand of Northern New Mexico sits this special gem. It lies along Highway 285 on the Rio Grande not far from Taos.
For thousands of years humans have been soaking in these pools! And now I am going to be another one!
I recently spent a night here with a special someone I “used to know.”
Circumstances have changed and life goes on, but for one special evening it was just like the old days, but reality returned once I drove out the gate the next morning. Sad but true. Fear sometimes takes over and it’s so hard to say three simple words.
Ojo is one of the oldest hot springs resorts in the US and the buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. Indian tradition says that the pools provide access to the underworld. The f***ing water is HOT so that might be true!
This place has been owned by the same family for generations. I was told they bought it in the 1930s. What a score!
When I arrived (she met me later because she was driving from Albuquerque and I was coming down from Durango, CO) I got Annie the Tiger Adventure Vehicle situated in the sweet RV area there. It’s super nice. $40.00 a night gets you a space with electricity, no full hook ups, but there is a nice bath house within a short walk. Entrance to the springs is not included though. I think it was $28.00 a head? They also have 4 or 5 old Airstream Trailers they’ve remodeled for guests to rent for around 180.00 a night. They looked pretty sweet! There are also rooms at the main lodge and surrounding area. They go anywheres from 180.00 to 500.00 plus a night.
When she got there we decided to take a hike up onto the mesa to the ancient pueblo ruins up on top. I told you people had used these springs for thousands of years, so we went to see the evidence…… Not much to see up there except some piles of rocks and A LOT of HUGE pot shards. Probably the biggest ones I’ve ever seen in all my years living in the Southwest! I could make out the walls of the old pueblo and see where the Kiva once was. The view was killer! I forgot my phone though and couldn’t take pictures so if you end up there you should go see it for yourself. Just remember to leave things as you found them and don’t take any “souvenirs.” Take pictures not artfacts! The pot shards are impressive and are very intricately painted!
After returning from our hike we showered and headed into the hot springs to get our soak on.
The springs consist of around a dozen different pools ( I didn’t count) surrounded by shade structures with hammocks scattered about. Each pool has a different mineral added? to them . A few I remember were Iron, Arsenic and Selenium…….It’s really a very special and cool place. There’s a really zen relaxed vibe here. Just my speed…… We soaked and sunbathed for 3 or 4 hours and then went and got dressed for dinner.
They have a great farm to table restaurant in the old lodge. This place has ambiance out the wazoo. Set in a turn of the century adobe building. We shared a salad and got an appetizer of green chili fries. These aren’t French fries! They are green Chile strips battered and fried! AMAZING! I had a porterhouse pork chop and my friend had a trout plate. A very romantic dinner. She looked more stunning than she had many years ago…….
After dinner we had a nice stroll back to Annie and crawled in bed with a movie……. Overall an amazing experience!