[Different Water, Different Color] Giggling Springs Hot Springs

What are elements that characterize hot springs?

They trigger our five senses by the texture, smell and taste, but the color may be the easiest element to explain the attractiveness through blogs.

Today let us soak in emerald green water, which reminds us of the famous hot springs in Yellowstone National Park…

Resort Facility in a Spa Town

It is one hour’s drive from Albuquerque to get to a small spa town, Jemez Springs.


There are some natural flowing tubs in mountains, but water provided in the spa town is different and characteristic.

The place for today is a beautiful resort facility, and the rate for walk-in is a little bit pricey; $25 per an hour.

Different Water, Different Color

However, if you find the beautiful color of the water, you will make sense of the price!

Color of hot springs is determined mainly by the content.

In addition to that, there are varieties of elements, such as temperature, depth, color of tubs, or light reflection.

Shallow Pool

The source of the spring is too hot (142 degrees) that the water input is intermittently operated.

Despite the fault, tubs are kept perfectly clean.

The disinfection is done by ultraviolet light, not using chlorine chemicals.

Hottest Pool

The tub near the river is so small that you can enjoy the freshest water.

At the bottom and edge of the tubs, there are many mineral deposits, which prove it an excellent hot spring.

There is no particular smell, but it has so much contained materials that you need to make sure not to stay in the bath too long.

 Deep Pool

This depth of the tub is deeper than other ones, so that it looks emerald green, which reminds us of the hot springs in Yellowstone National Park.

It is a good instance of the fact that different water has different color.


😆 Pros

Truly relaxing resort backed by excellent nature of the spring

😥 Cons

The water is not always poured into tubs; controlled.

Giggling Springs Hot Springs, Jemez Springs, New Mexico, USA
Walk-in YES
Lodging YES
Official Website YES

Related hot spring

In 2004, Japan was rocked by scandals of hot spring water deception issues.

Konashi No Yu Sasayu

Konashi No Yu, Sasatya, Shirahone Onsen, Nagano, Japan

At that time, this Ryokan had been using bath additive in order to create perfect milky-white water.

Today, you can enjoy a great hot spring with natural white.

Hot springs come from the nature, so that the appearance differs depending on various conditions.

By using bath additive, it seems that they wanted to respond people’ expectation, that is, perfect milky-white water.

I would rather appreciate natural springs, even if they look disappointing on first sight, than artificially processed water, which looks perfect.

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