If you love exploring different hot springs around the country, this is definitely an off-the-beaten-path destination for the books. Are you needing a couple of days of pure relaxation and time to completely unwind? If so, spending time unplugging at Ojo Caliente, NM will be a total game-changer.
Hot Springs Pools
Glamping in Airsteams
Ojo Caliente is the perfect weekend getaway any season of the year. It is only a two-hour drive from Albuquerque or a little over an hour from Santa Fe, and it is a perfect weekend getaway. From spa treatments, a mud bath, charming cottages or glamping, amazing food on-site, healing pools, and trails to hike, Ojo Caliente offers the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of busy everyday life.
Ojo Caliente offers a variety of stays to accommodate your party. From the historic hotel located right next to the restaurant and bar, charming adobe cottages, glamping in airstreams to renting a house for a full family or friend gathering, they cover all the bases.
We recommend getting there early so you have all day to take advantage of the natural beauty that surrounds Ojo Caliente. Start your experience by spending the day soaking in the mineral springs. Ojo Caliente is quite different then any other springs I have visited. Each pool is a specific mineral that has healing power. I recommend enjoying the variety of pools and I am sure you will find your favorite. Soak up the sun, detox in the amazing eucalyptus steam shower, or mud bath, book a spa treatment or simply hang out in a hammock and read a book.
At night, I highly recommend eating at the Ojo Farm Artesian Restaurant. Their menu has an amazing southwest flare with rich locally sourced ingredients and New Mexico flavors. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but dinner is my favorite time to eat there. They have a lovely wine selection and fantastic deserts. You will not be disappointed. Make sure you book a reservation if traveling there on the weekend as they can tend to get very busy. For breakfast and lunch, I bring snacks and you will have a mini-fridge depending on where you stay.
On my second day at Ojo Caliente, I like to take a sunrise morning hike up their trail and enjoy my morning coffee. From there, repeat day one to really soak in the time to unwind and decompress. Once happy hour comes around, I like to hit their cute little bar and have a cocktail, get ready for dinner and soak the night away.
It is always hard to leave this magical destination. The day I am leaving, I typically wake up and enjoy my coffee and the views, wander into their amazing shop where I love to buy their skincare products and jewelry, and snacks for the road.
If you have an additional day or two, Santa Fe is an hour away. There are lots of art galleries, great food, and shopping as you head back to the Albuquerque airport. Or you can head in the opposite direction and visit Georgia’s Okeefe Ghost Ranch. To learn more about other things to do in the Northern, New Mexico region, read our guide to Northern, New Mexico.
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