As a hot springs enthusiast, I always seek for a new hot spring that I have never seen.
I know I am a kind of collectormania and will not get satisfaction at the end.
However, this is the hot spring where exceptionally I love to visit many times.
Campground for Adults
It is 2.5 hours' drive from El Paso, Texas to Silver City, New Mexico, a former mining town.
Another 1.5 hours' drive is necessary to escape from the desert area and to get to Gila Hot Springs, where is located at the riverside of the Gila River, streaming in the rich natural environment.
There are several campgrounds like Gila Hot Springs Campground.
Wildwood Retreat Hot Springs is a campground for adults 14 years or older.
Overnight camping is $15 per person.
All you have to do is drop money into a farebox.
If you are not ready for camping, even a beautiful cabin is available to rent.
Although it is in deep in mountains without cell-phone reception, the facilities are extensive.
They have flush lavatories, cleanly shower rooms, a sink, stoves, a microwave, kitchen stuffs, and free Wi-Fi.
They have two outdoor baths available 24 hours a day.
One is clothing required and the other is clothing optional (mixed bath).
This is the clothing required one.
The pool is divided into four.
The hot water at 150 degrees F is gradually chilled through each tub.
The depth is enough to soak up to shoulders.
This is the clothing optional one.
The sunshine filtering through the trees is gently reflected on the water surface.
There are step-like three tubs, which realize varying temperatures.
The first and second ones are moderately shallow for half-body bathing when straightening up.
The combination of the sacred water and the smell of virgin forests makes you slip into meditation.
It seems in a state of nature, but is maintained modestly and exquisitely.
Some blue lanterns begin softly shining as the day ebbs.
That simple decoration creates a relaxing atmosphere.
Wildwood Retreat & Hot Springs, Gila National Forest, New Mexico, U.S.
- Walk-in: Yes (Close in Winter)
- Lodging: Yes (Close in Winter)