[Ancestral Memory] Spence Hot Springs

What do you think is the relevance between a hot spring and cave?

Hot springs and caves are linked all over the world.

Gushing springs sometimes create a cave, and its rustic atmosphere makes hot springs more attractive.

Inside the cave, you may have a mysterious feeling of relief.

Visiting Los Alamos

Atomic bombs used in the World War II were designed and created in Los Alamos.

Fat Man and Little Boy

Photo by Marcin Wichary – Fat Man and Little Boy (2008) / CC BY 2.0

If you want to understand the tragedy from the both parties, Bradbury Science Museum would be one of the places you must visit.

Open-air Tub with Superb Outlook

It is 40 minutes’ drive from Los Alamos.

There is a parking lot near the spa town, Jemez Springs.

You will walk a beautiful trail and after 15 minutes’ hiking, you would find open-air tubs with a superb outlook.

Lower Tub

There are double-deck tubs on a hillside, and here is the lower tub.

Considering no one maintains the hot spring, it would be difficult to expect greater landscape than here.

You will be in a prime location overlooking beautiful mountains.

Here is the upper tub.

Upper Tub

Unfortunately, supplied amount of the spring is insufficient, and water does not look fresh in most areas.

However, this place’s greatest attraction is in the different point.

Brilliant tub in a cave

The source of spring provided to the two tubs is in a cave next to the upper tub.

Entrance of the Cave

The entrance of the cave is so small that you need move on your stomach, but there is a enough room in it for three people to get comfortable.

From the remotest part, clear and colorless water is gushing, so that the room is kept clean.

There is natural warmth all over the cave, and you will have mysterious feeling of relief.

Gushing Point

Our distant ancestors survived in caves.

How wonderful it is, if the ancestral memory recalls our feeling of the relief!

Summary

😆 Pros

A hot tub in a cave filled with natural warmth

😥 Cons

Insufficient amount of water compared to the size of open-air tubs

Spence Hot Springs, Jemez Springs, New Mexico, USA
Rating
Walk-in YES
Lodging NO
Official Website NO

Related hot springs

You can enjoy the characteristic atmosphere of soaking in caves.

Hotel Nakanoshima

Hotel Nakanoshima, Nanki-Katsuura Onsen, Wakayama, Japan

This is a tub in an artificial cave.

The whole island consists of a hotel, and you can enjoy Nanki-katuura Onsen’s superb nature of the spring in various locations.

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