New Mexico

Montezuma Hot Springs - Hot Springs in the U.S.

04/06/2020

These are ruins of a part of the hotel that had been operated by Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.

The hotel closed the business, while hot springs water continues gushing.

Abandoned Constructions in the Mountains

It is not the popular Las Vegas in Nevada.

The less popular Las Vegas in the State of New Mexico used to be one of the most flourished cities in the southwestern U.S. in the 19th centuries.

Ruin 1

The opening of Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway was the key factor.

The Santa Fe Railways established a hotel named Las Vegas Hot Springs, which appealed to tourists.

Guests included even Theodore Roosevelt and Emperor Hirohito of Japan.

Montezuma Castle

After the closure of business, the famous building called Montezuma Castle is now used as the campus of the United World College.

Other most constructions are abandoned in the mountains.

Three Soaking Areas

The sources of the springs are located on the opposite side of the Montezuma Castle, across the Gallinas River.

Overall there are three different areas for soaking.

West Entrance

Let’s start with the upstream one.

Gaps of guardrails are the entrance.

Small Tub 1

All the hot springs are located in the middle of the bank.

The T-shaped tub is too shallow to soak.

Small Tub 2

The water is clear and colorless, accompanied by slight mineral deposits.

The West Pools

Inside the wooden-fenced area, there are terraced three pools.

The top one is fed by the hottest water in Montezuma.

Lobster Pool 1

The water temperature is around 122 degrees F.

Lobster Pool 2

The pool is so deep that the ladder is useful.

Alpaca
A little scared...
That is the point.
Capybara

From the West Pools 2

Overflowed water is drained to the second and third pools.

Due to the lack of water provided, I felt that water in these pools does not have freshness.

From the West Pools 1

I realized the first pool looking like e a soil pipe was the best place to be warmed.

The Center Pools 1

Let’s move to the next soaking area.

There are two small private tubs.

The Center Pools 2

I do not understand why it is constructed so solidly paved with concrete.

Overflowed water is drained to the Gallinas River, where is famous for trout fishing.

The Center Pools 3

The last area in the downstream.

Three rocky pools are in the grass.

The East Pools 1

A trail starts from this point to the direction of the castle.

The East Pools 3

I found some ruins of tubs along the path.

Ruin 2

In the end I encountered a no trespassing sign.

Please do not enter the private property of the United World Colleges.

Do Not Enter

Returning to the soaking area, I observed that the water temperature differs per pool.

The East Pools 2

Due to the accessible location from the city of Las Vegas, lots of local people were gathering for leisure.

The East Pools 4

If you want a quiet soak, visit in the early morning.

Summary

Montezuma Hot Springs, Montezuma Hot Springs, Montezuma, New Mexico, U.S.

Rating:

Tip

Try the soil pipe-shaped pool. It is nicely hot.

  • Walk-in: Yes
  • Lodging: No

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