“Soak in the Healing Waters!”
Manby Hot Springs offers the opportunity to soak in more than just hot water. The springs and the route to them are steeped in a rich natural and human history that begins with volcanoes spewing 100-foot-thick walls of lava and ends, perhaps, with a headless ghost haunting the springs on moonless nights. The trip to the springs guarantees a quality adventure, an interesting hike, and the chance to soak in a large spring while staring up at towering cliffs of stone rising up like the walls of a castle. The story of Manby Hot Springs is a compressed view of the history of the state of New Mexico. The springs were used by the Pueblo people long before the Spanish sought to exploit its waters for the dream of perpetual youth. After a long, pastoral interlude, the final chapter involves an Anglo newcomer who attempted to create a real estate boom by conning the longtime residents out of their rights to the land.
The road to the parking area is probably better for 4x4 vehicles than passenger cars. The springs are not maintained except by visitors. This is a clothing optional area, so don't be offended by those who bathe without suits. The hike back up to the parking area is very steep and good hiking shoes are recommended.
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Manby Hot Springs
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