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Monday, April 29, 2019
Spence hot springs
Spence Hot Spring is located seven miles north of Jemez Springs. One of the most heavily visited of primitive hot springs. Large parking lot on the east side of highway 4, follow the short trail down to the river and up the other side to the springs. Spring maintains 95 degree temps.
Spence Hot Spring is reached from a short hike from the parking area. From the parking lot adjacent to NM 4, hike south toward San Antonio Creek on a network of dirt trails. After 800 feet, cross the creek and begin a short climb over loose rocks and exposed tree roots. After the steep but brief ascent, dip into Spence's clear blue, 100-degree waters and savor the panoramas of Jemez Canyon to the south. Follow the same route back to the trailhead.
The popular Spence Hot Spring includes two small pools that accommodate a relatively low number of people., the upper pool is always warmer. Although the spring maintains a 95 degree temperature the water has been cooling for the last several years and is considered to be a warm spring at approximately body temperature.
No glass containers, camping or campfires are permitted along the trail and at the spring.
You can soak, fish or hike. There are no bathrooms, but there is a paved parking lot and two pools.
Save this popular hot springs hike for an early morning or a late evening when the crowds have lessened. The easy, 1-mile out-and-back leads to two natural hot pools overlooking a pine-blanketed canyon in the Santa Fe National Forest.
The hike is about 1.2 Miles and the hot spring is at an elevation of 193feet. There is a cave in the upper pool and it is warmer than the other parts of the pool. Although it isn’t as warm as the Montezuma hot springs or the Kirkham hot springs in Idaho , but it is still pretty cool to soak in it and enjoy the serene environment and beautiful view.We went in the evening and met just one person, so we had the cave to ourselves.