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Albuquerque, NM: Spence Hot Springs

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Distance: 0.5 miles


Pack a suit and soak in the soothing waters of Spence Hot Springs on this one mile out-and-back in the secluded Jemez Valley.
  • Spence Hot Springs
  • Trailhead Parking
  • Trail to Spence Hot Springs
  • Nearing San Antonio Creek
  • San Antonio Creek
  • Creek Crossing
  • Ascent
  • Intrepid Hiker
  • Lower Pool
  • Views from Upper Pool
  • Soaking in Spence

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.

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.

For more information, go to the Santa Fe National Forest Web site.

-Mapped by Brian Beer

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