Manby Hot Springs, New Mexico

Which do you like peaks or valleys?

This time, I will visit an unfinished resort with hot springs, which is located at the bottom of a deep valley where the seventh-highest bridge in the United States is spanning.

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

The height from the surface of the Rio Grande is 565 feet.

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

Photo by Vaquero Cooper – Rio Grande Gorge Bridge (2010) / CC BY 2.0

This seventh-highest bridge in the United States was built in 1965, and its fine and thin appearance is full of thrills.

Life has its peaks and valleys

It is about two miles upstream from the bridge.

At the bottom of the canyon two miles downstream from Black Rock Hot Springs, there is a ruin of unfinished resort with hot springs.

You need fifteen minutes’ drive through a dirt road to the nearest parking lot; the road condition is terrible, so that I broke my car’s bumpers.

I recommend automobiles with high ground clearance.


After additional 15 minutes’ walk through the mountain trail, I found open-air baths and previous visitors at the valley bottom.

Since no one maintains this place, you do not have to wear bathing suits, but please be aware that other visitors can see you from the mountainside.

There are some stone-built ruins in the riverside.


Arthur Manby was a man who got money in buying and selling lands in this area during the early 1900s.

He was constructing a world-class resort using the free-flowing hot springs in the valley.

In 1929, however, he tumbled into the deep valley of life: his headless body was found.

He had several litigation matters resulting from his high-handed business approach such as selling lands where the ownership rights are unclear.

Anyway, no one knows what the truth was.

What is clear is that the hot springs that captured his mind is gushing in the unfinished resort even today.

Cold Bath

You can soak in at least two tubs, but this tub is not deserved because of the inflow of river water.

Meanwhile, plentiful amount of spring water is provided to this tub whose temperature is just as same as body heat.

Warm Bath

The water is so clean that you will not imagine the bloody deed pertaining to this place.

Life has its peaks and valleys, but the nature always outweighs them.

Manby Hot Springs, Taos, New Mexico, USA
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Ken Springfield