We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Disappointed by litter, unappealing water

As noted in other reviews, the Jemez Springs area is lovely. Spence Hot Springs is not the... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2017
Houston, Texas
Beautiful landscape ruined by people

The whole area is pretty and worth spending a day hiking. This particular spot is ruined by people... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2017
Kristina G
via mobile
Read all 70 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Bathing suits are optional as you soak away your worries in the 102 degree hot spring pools that offer soft, sandy bottoms.
  • Excellent34%
  • Very good31%
  • Average20%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“hot springs” (21 reviews)
“easy access” (4 reviews)
Jemez Springs, NM
Write a Review
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (70)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 67 reviews

Reviewed 23 October 2017

As noted in other reviews, the Jemez Springs area is lovely. Spence Hot Springs is not the nicest because of lots of litter. The springs are only luke warm, and I only saw dogs go in, the people who hiked up all just decided to...More

2  Thank txnat
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

The whole area is pretty and worth spending a day hiking. This particular spot is ruined by people hanging out and leaving behind trash (dirty diapers, plastic bottles). Also dog and possible human feces line the trail. Spend your afternoon on one of the other...More

4  Thank Kristina G
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

This used to be a really nice place to visit. Unfortunately, some people have no respect for the environment and just litter everywhere. Always crowded. I filled a bag with trash that I found inside and around the pools.

4  Thank Eduardo N
Reviewed 25 April 2017

This place use to be amazing. Sadly it is now trashed, the water temperature seems questionable, and visitors treat it like a party at a public pool. 18 years ago I started visiting this place several times a year, for many years.... Winter, spring summer,...More

6  Thank Ann L
Reviewed 19 April 2017

We visited in April with 3 kids (youngest was 6). The place is easy to find, we were given a map by the ranger at the Jemez historic site (worth a stop on its own) down the road. The climb was easy enough, around 30...More

2  Thank Boaz K
Reviewed 13 April 2017

The parking lot was near capacity and busy by late afternoon. The 15 minute brisk walk to the spring may be trying for some and expect a crowd at that time. The water was tepid and questionable quality but the mountain view is something.

3  Thank move2wonder
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Hiked up to be alone at sunrise and we were. Interesting experience as had never been to a hot spring. Actually didn't feel that hot, just a little warm, but the beauty and peacefulness made it quite nice. Got some good photos. Glad we came...More

1  Thank Deb R
Reviewed 23 February 2017

After reading the numerous negative reviews here, I was dubious about visiting, but it was wonderful! The trail up was muddy in spots, and rather slippery packed snow in others, but the not difficult. When we got to the spring itself, the only people there...More

3  Thank Gruenemann
Reviewed 29 November 2016

I have been to this magical spring twice and was invigorated by both experiences. The main pool is more warm than hot but there is a tiny cave attached to it where the hot water comes forth. This is a perfect size for two or...More

3  Thank GypsyJulie
Reviewed 18 November 2016

I came here about a decade ago and remember soaking in the hot water. There were no trails then, we just found our way there. Now there is a nice trail to the springs, and the springs are just as pretty as they were then,...More

2  Thank pamelaL74
Nearby Restaurants
Highway 4 Coffee
165 reviews
10.41 km away
Dave's Burgers & More
9 reviews
28.13 km away
Los Ojos Restaurant & Saloon
311 reviews
10.27 km away
Ruby K's Bagel Cafe
156 reviews
29.97 km away
Nearby Attractions
Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs
257 reviews
10.36 km away
Ponderosa Valley Vineyards
13 reviews
23.55 km away
Walatowa Visitor Center
26 reviews
24.28 km away
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
1,182 reviews
28.68 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Alfredo H
14 May 2017|
Response from Ann L | Reviewed this property |
No, not at this particular spot in the Jemez. Not even picnic tables. It is just a small parking lot and beautiful trail. But there are probably some at other trail heads and lots, I just don't know where.
23 May 2015|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from mushroommarlene | Reviewed this property |
This is a "natural" attraction. There is a parking lot on the same side of the road and then there is a hike about 20-30 minutes to the first pool. It switchbacks quite a bit but is not difficult. We did it when there was... More