dogs on leash
Love this place. We come here several times a year. Super accommodating hike for all levels. Can be an easy hike for children and elderly or sightly more challenging/moderate you go up toward the top. There rock formations are the main draw, but if you get to the top the views are just as rewarding.
Beautiful area. Crowded but worth it. Do NOT park your car as soon as you turn onto F South Road 376!! Had our car window broken and things stolen. If your car can't make it up the road, take your valuables and roll down your windows. We also met someone else that had this happen to her in the same place. We absolutely loved the springs and everything else though.
This trail is perfect if you like a rugged steep workout with AWESOME views all over. There are plenty of options to explore other trails as well. We made it a loop and went down the ski area back to the parking lot which made it just over 5 miles round trip.
Even with its proximity to the residences of random desert dwellers this trail deserves its fifth star for its fun hilltop layout. Views upon return, the beautiful lands of my Native Cousins, the plateaus, the mountains, they breath into its hiker the nativity of their life... Thank you for being among us, as you are, not as the evil of our present system would have you be...
Valerie B. on McCauley Hot Springs
Love this trail, when I can find it. Couldn't find the right trail on my first attempt. Found it on my second, and got lost but found it again on my third. You need to find the trail with the hiking symbols (4 inch circular brown signs with a hiking man) posted on several trees along the way. If you're on the trail without these, wrong trail. Some people say to follow the ribbons, but I don't have luck with those. The springs are very nice. Not hot, but warm. The little fish nibble on you. You can continue on the trail past the springs to Jemez Falls. The trail from Battleship to Hot Springs is moderate. From Hot Springs to Jemez Falls, I'd say difficult in some spots. Not for little ones due to difficulty and path follows cliff edge. 4 miles total with Hot Springs being the half way point. Enjoy!