San Antonio Hot Springs is a 0.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Jemez Pueblo, NM that features hot springs and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
Such a relaxing end to our camping trip!!
It was an amazing hike - I was in so much shock that I was in New Mexico still! It's wonderful - 5 miles one way - easy hike nothing to crazy - beautiful views! We went in the earlier part of the morning and it was perfect - very cool breezes so when you got to hot you could easily sit up and cool off! We were two of 8 at the spring when we were there and it was still very nice there's enough pools to make it feel like you are still up there relaxing alone if you don't want to be bothered by other people ... BUT when we were leaving at noon there was A TON of people heading over to the springs and I could only imagine that it would be WAY WAY WAY to crowded!
We also had no trouble finding it - the road does sneak up on you but it isn't really that hard to find ... we literally just put it in the GPS and then you just park and follow the main dirt road :).
It was an amazing hike but I recommend you stop and ask for alittle more directions, there's a market on the way to the trails.
Easy, but shortcuts make you appreciate the rewarding hot springs and view at the top even more. It was really muddy and gave it a fun challenge, but it was my favorite hike and hot spring combination so far.
What a great hike!
It was a leisurely stroll on an open road nearly all the way to the springs.
At the springs, the view opens for a great cliff view across the valley.
We got in early and the springs weren't overly packed, but, after a few hours, several people had packed their way in and the upper pool had become crowded.
I give it 4/5 due to the rough rocks (very hard on the feet and rear) and lack of camping.
The 5 mile fire road leading up to the base of the springs is only open a few months in the summer for car use. Any car will be fine on the road as long as there aren't any fallen boulders or trees in the path, 4x4 is not necessary. This makes fall and spring a great time to beat the crowds due to a longer hike in when the road isn't open. The springs are incredible with never ending water flow constantly refreshing each pool and epic views. Head out early on weekends if you want to get there first and enjoy the top pool on your own.
***Lost Go Pro on the trail, if found, please call 2067195879. Lost in snow, 13 December, may appear when snow melts. Priceless photos from 2 week roadtrip***
Trail was awesome, be prepared if going during the winter because it gets cold, but the view from the hot springs is totally worth it. 5mile hike in snow took 2hrs from trailhead to hot springs. The water temp was perfect, even with the snowfall around us. Recommend waterproof shoes & gloves if hiking in snow.
Incredible day, an unforgettable experience.
We were able to drive in, we then hiked in the rest of the way with our 2 large great danes. We really enjoyed the springs, the dogs even got in with us. Great day, Mild hike. Will do it again!
Trail was great. I recommend calling the jemez ranger district before heading out. The forest road is only open a couple months out of the year. If the road is open, a truck or a 4x4 vehicle will be able to get you down the 4.7 mile road that leads to the parking area. From there, it's about a .25 mile walk to the foot of the trail. Today was amazing. Light rain as we walked to the base of the trail, sun came out and was on us the rest of the day. From he base, it's about a .5 mile zigzag hike up the hill to the springs. There are usually a couple of couples there but have never seen it packed like spence. Pools are amazing! Great day.
One of those spots you don't want to tell anyone, but need to tell everyone.
We took the lazy way as we had already done 10 miles earlier in the day. The road was wasily passible in the lifted astro van. A car would say doable give your self an hour to do it.
On the road we saw multiple grouse, kestrels, and one monster bull elk. Oh and some very protective Cows with calves.
The hot spring was amazing super clean bottom do to the amount of water being pushed through. In the top pool you will find some flat sand stone that is very nice to lay or sit on as the bottom is a very coarse gravel.
Going to the top of my list for a good long time i'm sure.
Great family hike with my Daughter Son in law and grandsons. Was easy trail overall and we came across a bear enjoying some lunch along the trail. The hot springs a cascading a felt very good.
As the reviewer before cited, there is a great trail that follows the creek all the way to the hot springs. However, the private property owner of the property that is on either side of the public road for the first mile can be an absolute jerk. They can be very threatening and the USFS seems unwilling to help enforce the fact that the public has every right to be on the road. We have hiked in on that road for years and the USFS has verified that we are perfectly within our right to stay on the road in order to access the national forest, yet the owners somehow think they have the right to harass hikers. I hope anyone who hikes in this way calls the USFS (Jemez Ranger District) first and makes sure that they are aware that there are hikers using the road.
There is a better trail to this Hot Spring than the directions listed on this site.
About 1/8 mile before the dreaded dirt road that was mentioned before is a small parking lot with a cattle guard entrance. This is also a entrance to a private road, but it is fully acceptable to use the parking lot. Follow this road to the trailhead, about a mile up. You will have the San Antonio river on your left side. When the trail becomes a single track, follow it through the trees, You will enventually come to a cabin. go around the cabin and take the trail downhill towards the river. You will come to the trail that takes you up to the spring.
This would be the best hot spring if only the road leading up to it wasn't so dangerous. There is a five mile drive on the forestry road that has huge holes, ruts and rocks in it that can't be avoided. It took 45 minutes of nerve racking driving to get to the hot springs. Dont try it in a car!! Only a truck or SUV. There are several pools to enjoy and cool water regulated by pipes so the temperature is warm, not hot.