Black Rock Hot Springs, New Mexico

Where did ancestors of American Indian choose places for dwelling?

There is a historical dwelling in the northern area of New Mexico, surrounded by rich natural environment of the highland.

Near the holy place, there is a hot spring straight out of the ground.

Taos Pueblo

One of American Indians, Pueblo’s dwelling is on the World Heritage list; the name is Taos Pueblo.

Taos Pueblo

Although it was built more than a thousand year ago, surprisingly, over 150 American Indians still live in the housing complex without running water and electricity.

The structure is called Adobe and you can see the influence on many buildings in Santa Fe.

The rich natural environment around Taos makes you realize the reason why they chose this place for dwelling.

Black Rock Hot Springs

Public Toilet

It is 30 minutes’ drive from Taos Pueblo.

The Bridge

There is a deep valley of the Rio Grande.

The Rio Grande

After 20 minutes’ walk along a trail along the canyon, the scenery will change.

There are many black rocks with numerous small halls, which seems to be produced by lave flow.

Black Rock

As you follow the path, the size of rocks will grow.

The Pool1

Finally, they will block the path, and then you will find an open-air bath.

Descending

A naked woman was soaking at that time, so that I decided not to wear bathing suits.

It was an early morning in April, but the temperature was below freezing, because of the highland above altitudes of one mile.

The Pool3

In the shivering cold weather, I felt so hot when I touched the spring.

Water Surface1

The nature of the spring is clear and colorless, but it looks blackish between black rocks, and has unique mineral odor.

The pool connects to the river at the edge.

Water Surface2

The unfortunate thing is that because of the flow path, the turnover of the water is insufficient, so that I felt the water stagnate in most places in the tub.

It falls just ones step short of great volcanic hot spring.

Black Rock Hot Springs, Taos, New Mexico, USA
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Walk-inYes
LodgingNo
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Ken Springfield