New Mexico

Turkey Creek Hot Springs - Hot Springs in the U.S.

08/15/2018

Get deep into Gila National Forest.

This is the truly remote, but rewarding hot spring!

Challenging Trail

There are several geothermal springs gushing in Gila National Forest, New Mexico.

I visited a relatively challenging hot spring that needed around 18-mile trekking for the round trip.

Road Closed

It was as far as Jordan Hot Springs, but the trail was in a worse condition.

Trail Not Maintained and Dangerous

The trail branches from the main path at the signpost TRAIL NOT MAINTAINED AND DANGEROUS, and walking along the mountain stream continues.

Turkey Creek

Few hikers were seen in the route.

Prepare not to get lost in the mountains.

Bedrock3

I carried a tent, sleeping bag, water cleaner, sufficient food, terrain map, and GPS application just to make sure.

Capybara
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Alpaca

Bedrock1

The color of the Turkey Creek was apparently different from ordinary rivers, which meant that quite a lot of geothermal water got mixed.

Bedrock2

Along the mountain stream, sometimes I climbed massive rocks and got into deep water.

Plunge Basin

Upper Stream1

Around the sources of hot springs, the water level of the stream was low.

Upper Stream2

Instead, there were several orange-tan colored geothermal pools in the riverside.

Upper Stream3

The water temperature was extremely hot at 167 degrees F.

Creek and Hot Pool1

The amount of the river water gradually increased due to the hot water gushing.

Creek and Hot Pool2

At the lowermost point of the geothermal area, there was a plunge basin around seven-foot depth.

The water temperature of the river went up to 109 degrees F, which made it possible to soak comfortably.

Grotto3

What a wonderful place!

The plenty of hot water made the entire pool clean.

Grotto2

Turkey Creek Hot Springs would be one of the truly remote hot springs.

Grotto1

Such wonderful place exists unbeknown to most people.

Summary

Turkey Creek Hot Springs, Gila National Forest, New Mexico, U.S.

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To me the best hot spring in New Mexico.

  • Walk-in: Yes
  • Lodging: No (Wild Camping Available)

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