Hot Springs

Black Rock Hot Springs are two mud-bottomed rock pools on the west bank of the Rio Grande River, north of Taos and west of Arroyo Hondo. Water temperatures are usually about 97° F. depending on how high the river is. NOTE: Clothing is optional.
The following directions on how to get to the springs are provided by GOPE:

Trailhead Access: From the Taos Plaza, go north on US Highway 64. Continue straight onto New Mexico 522 at the traffic signal where US Highway 64 turns left. Six miles past the intersection with US 64, just over a small bridge on the Rio Hondo, turn left onto the paved County Road B005. Drive slowly through the village of Arroyo Hondo. In 1 mile, the pavement ends. Cross another bridge and climb a short hill. Bear right in 0.1 miles and ignore the many side tracks as the main road snakes to the top of the hill before descending into the Rio Hondo Canyon. The road into the canyon is rough but passable by any vehicle. Cross the Rio Grande on John Dunn Bridge and continue 0.2 mile to the first hairpin turn and park off the road. Note that the road in Rio Hondo Canyon can be icy and hazardous in winter, and muddy and dangerous when wet.










Manby Hot Springs are three shallow sand-bottomed rock pools on the east side of the Rio Grande River, north of Taos and west of Arroyo Hondo. Water temperatures are usually about 97° F. depending on how high the river is. NOTE: Clothing is optional.  These are the springs featured in the movie Easy Rider.

The following directions on how to get to the springs are provided by GOPE:

Trailhead Access: From Taos, drive north on US Highway 64 to the intersection with New Mexico Highway 522. Continue straight on New Mexico Highway 522. In 5.3 miles, just before the road begins a long descent, turn left on County Road B007. Continue 2.3 miles on this gravel road, and turn left onto a very rutted dirt road. From this point, a high-clearance vehicle or mountain bike is recommended. Follow the main track, taking care to stay out of driveways along the way. After a half-mile on the rutted track, take the left fork, then the right fork in another 0.8 miles. Reach the parking area on the rim of the Rio Grande Gorge at the unmarked trailhead in another half mile, 1.8 miles from County Road B007. Note that the roads to the trailhead are impassable during wet weather.