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Find healing off the beaten path and discover a deeper state of relaxation at America’s oldest health spa. Steeped in history and tradition, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa dates back to 1868 when the first official bathhouse was constructed. Tucked between the rugged desert cliffs and cottonwood-lined bosque of Northern New Mexico, these ancient springs await soakers seeking tranquility and healing.

Ojo’s iconic healing waters offer one of the only places on Earth where you’ll find naturally sulfur-free geothermal springs rich in four distinct minerals: iron, arsenic, soda, and lithia. Experience the soul-soothing power of these sacred springs as you sink your mind, body, and spirit into nine distinct pools, including their new reflexology footbath. Most of the pools range from 95-104 degrees, while the large mineral swimming pool boasts cooler waters that range from 80-85 degrees offering a cooling respite during warmer months.

Plan a spa day or linger longer. Ojo Caliente offers day passes for travelers just passing through that include access to all shared pools, steam rooms, saunas, locker rooms, and miles of nature trails from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. For those looking to stay the night, Ojo’s accommodations offer something for everyone. Book an overnight stay in the quaint Historic Hotel, Cottage, or Vintage Airstream trailers, or opt for opulence in a luxury suite complete with your own private soaking pool. All lodging guests receive unlimited entry into to the shared mineral pools beginning at 7:30 a.m. before the day guests begin to trickle in, as well complimentary daily morning yoga, local coffee and tea, and access to miles of spectacular nature trails for biking, hiking, and birding. Those looking for something a bit more low-key will find a restful place for the night in the shady RV and tent campground situated along the Rio Ojo Caliente. Campground guests enjoy 20% off day soaking passes.

Ojo’s award-winning spa is a must for anyone seeking a higher level of self-care. Their passion for Spa (from the Latin term salus per aquas, health through water) runs as deep as the waters they steward. Your restorative journey begins the moment you arrive at the newly appointed historic bathhouse, where hydrotherapy and local botanicals accent every treatment. Arrive early to relax in the new spa lounge featuring a purifying Himalayan Salt Sauna, or soak in the legendary healing waters prior to your appointment to get the most out of your treatment.  Voted “World’s Best Spa” by Travel & Leisure 2021, Ojo’s expert massage therapists and signature services incorporate healing techniques designed to rejuvenate and nourish mind, body, and spirit.

If soaking in seclusion is what you are seeking, you’ll be delighted by Ojo’s private pools. Offering enriching experiences for couples, small groups of friends or solo soakers seeking a more intimate moment, each clothing-optional pool is tucked away in a tranquil cliffside corner of the resort, so you can soak in true privacy. All the private pools are rich in lithia, iron, arsenic, and soda, and come complete with a wood burning kiva fireplace and unparalleled star gazing for those chilly fall and winter nights. 

Indulge in crave-worthy cuisine infused with local flavor and tradition. Once a bustling mercado adjacent to Ojo Caliente’s Historic Hotel, The Artesian Restaurant & Wine Bar has been nourishing travelers for centuries. The rich history is evident today in the rustic yet inviting dining room that features inspired farm fresh cuisine and local favorites like New Mexican Green Chile Enchiladas. Ojo’s onsite farm provides the freshest produce for delectable salads and seasonal specials, while also helping feed the community through their partnership with the local food banks and employee commissary.

Now re-opened and better than ever. You will be delighted by the improvements made over the past year. While the owners remain steadfast in their commitment to preserve the history and aesthetic of Ojo Caliente, updates are always necessary to maintain the health and vitality of these scared waters. Special care and concern has been taken while upgrading the historic bathhouse, expanding locker rooms and spa treatment rooms, and improving the pool areas to protect the legacy that is Ojo.

Rediscover America’s best kept secret and embark on a healing journey to the sacred waters of Ojo, where you’ll find a centuries old respite on the edge of something wild.

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