Do you think mixed bathing without clothing is Japan-specific culture?
It is not true.
In the United States, there are many hippies, who are said to originate from protests to the Vietnam War and deny rule-bond human living.
Actually mixed bathing culture exists across the United States, affected by hippies’ philosophy.
City of Rocks State Park
It is two hours’ drive from El Paso.
The mysterious rocks are traces of volcanic activities 3,000 years ago.
Peacocks play the lead
In the camping ground near the state park, peacocks play the lead.
It is prohibited to approach them or feed them, but they often get near to us, because of their state of low alertness.
In spite of the hippie-like atmosphere symbolized by free-range peacocks, diverse values are accepted, because it is in the United States.
Common pools have two zones: Clothing Optional and Clothing Required.
In addition to that, there are private baths.
The rates for walk-in are all $13.
Here is a public pool of Clothing Required.
There are three different sizes of tubs in the large space surrounded by the oasis’s bushes.
I did not take pictures of Clothing Optional zone, but the structure is similar.
Here is one of the private baths, named Blue Moon.
From the bottom of the large tub for maximum eight people, yellowish water is poured, whose color is rare in this area.
There is no particular smell and the temperature is hot.
I visited there in March, but I felt too hot in combination of the strong sunshine in the desert.
What is worse was that there were millions of flies…
Here is a bigger private tub, named Watsu.
Except for the yellowish appearance, the nature of the spring is not so characteristic, but the natural atmosphere is excellent.
Open space with natural atmosphere
Many bugs depending on seasons
|Faywood Hot Springs, Faywood, New Mexico, USA|
Related hot springs
I am not so spiritually advanced as to get truly relaxed in a mixed bath.
Here is not a mixed bath, but the yellowish water looks similar.
There are many hot springs with same color in the area between prefectures Mie and Aichi.