What is your comfort temperature for soaking?
Not only individual tastes but also cultures define the comfort temperature.
There are many hot springs in the United States, but most of them are not so hot for Japanese.
Indeed, it may be reasonable considering its lower physical burden.
However, sometimes I would like to renew myself in body and spirit, by soaking in strikingly hot water.
Visiting Balloon Fiesta
Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico is famous for Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
Every year in October between the first Saturday and Sunday next week, over 700 hot-air balloons fill in the entire sky.
One hour’s drive from Albuquerque will take you to an ancient volcanic zone where you can see traces of lava.
Here is the small spa town of Jemez Springs.
Extremely hot water with good smell
In the spa town, there is a common bathhouse.
The rate for walk-in is a little bit pricey; $12 for 25 minutes’ soak and $18 for 50 minutes.
There are only indoor baths for private use, and their main menu seems to be a package of massage treatments and soaking.
In the back of massage tables, there are small tubs regardless of sexes.
They are just separated by thin curtains, so that you cannot have complete privacy.
Meanwhile, the nature of the spring is exceptionally good!
The left side of faucet provides extremely hot (over 180 degrees) spring water.
The water has sulfur dioxide odor like gunpowder burning , so that you will find the great volcanic nature.
Of course, it is too hot to fill in the boiling water in the small tub.
You can provide cold water from the right side of faucet, and it is actually not tap water, but chilled spring water.
Regardless of any adjustments for your comfort temperature, you can enjoy 100% of the great spring.
Strikingly hot water
Too cramped bathroom
|Jemez Springs Bath House, Jemez Springs, New Mexico, USA|
Related hot springs
Here you can detect the similar smell.
At this inn located in the entrance of Kamikochi, you can enjoy the excellent nature of the spring from volcanic activities of Mt. Yake.