The mixed bathing being naked is not a Japan-specific culture.
In the United States, there are many hippies, who are said to originate from protests to the Vietnam War and deny rule-bond human living.
Actually mixed bathing culture exists across the U.S., affected by hippies’ philosophy.
City of Rocks State Park
It is two hours’ drive from El Paso, in the desert area near Silver City.
The mysterious rocks are traces of volcanic activities 3000 years ago.
Faywood Hot Springs
If you drive ten minutes from the state park, you will find a camping ground with rustic cabins.
This site is said to be well-known at the latest in the 1800s.
Here, peacocks play the lead.
It is prohibited to approach them or feed them, but they often get near to us, because of their state of low alertness.
In spite of the hippie-like atmosphere symbolized by free-range peacocks, diverse values are accepted, because it is in the United States.
Common pools have two zones: Clothing Optional and Clothing Required.
In addition to that, there are private baths.
The rates for walk-in are all $13.
This is the public pool of Clothing Required.
There are three different sizes of tubs in the large space surrounded by the oasis's bushes.
I did not take pictures of Clothing Optional zone, but the structure is similar.
This is one of the private baths, named Blue Moon.
From the bottom of the large tub for maximum eight people, yellowish water is poured, whose color is rare in this area.
There is no particular smell and the temperature is hot.
I visited there in March, but I felt too hot in combination of the strong sunshine in the desert.
What is worse was that there were millions of flies.
This is the bigger private tub, named Watsu.
Except for the yellowish appearance, the nature of the spring is not so characteristic, but the natural atmosphere is excellent.
Faywood Hot Springs, Faywood, New Mexico, USA
- Walk-in: Yes (10:00 AM - 10:00 PM)
- Lodging: Yes (Online Bookings)