Not only individual tastes but also cultures define the comfort temperature.
There are many hot springs in the US, but most of them are not so hot.
Indeed, it may be reasonable considering its lower physical burden.
However, sometimes you may want to renew yourself in body and spirit, soaking in extremely hot water.
Albuquerque International 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.
Historic Bath House
One hour’s drive from Albuquerque will take you to an ancient volcanic zone where you can see traces of lava.
After passing over an American Indians’ settlement, Jemez Pueblo, you will find some lodging facilities and restaurants gathering in the forest.
This is the small spa town of Jemez Springs.
There is a common bathhouse.
This ruin is a former bathhouse next to Giggling Springs Hot Springs.
It was built in the late 1800s and open to the public until the flood of 1941.
This is the new bathhouse in the middle distance.
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 great.
The left side of faucet provides extremely hot (over 180 degrees F) spring water.
The water accompanies slight oil smell derived from 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 water.
Jemez Springs Bath House, Jemez Springs, New Mexico, U.S.
- Walk-in: Yes
- Lodging: No