Manby Hot Springs Trail is a 1.6 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ojo Caliente, New Mexico that features hot springs and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.6 km Elevation Gain: 87 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

hot springs

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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NOTE: A high clearance vehicle is recommended to get to the trailhead.

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful view, great hot springs. SUV recommended for the dirt road.

hiking
3 days ago

I am visiting Taos for a few weeks and this is the first hike I’ve done in the gorge but it did not disappoint. It was a fairly easy, clean hike. It was not too crowded on the trail but the springs were fairly busy. The road to get to the trailhead is extremely uneven. My Hyundai SUV made it most of the way there but I stopped early at pull off and walked about 3/4 mile to the trailhead. Would definitely recommend and would visit again!

hiking
4 days ago

Enter through Tune Drive across from the airport. Otherwise, you’re in for a rough route. Signs say “private road” and “no trespassing” but are largely unheeded. Trail is very scenic. Water is lukewarm. Naked people.

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21 days ago

Go early. Like sunrise.

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25 days ago

Easy hike down to the hot springs and back. Just a couple people when we arrived. It gradually got more crowded, but the weather and scenery could not have been better.

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rocky
1 month ago

The road to the trail is not paved very bumpy, but was accessible. On the way out we went out a different road then what maps took us on.The road was Tune Drive it’s by the airport, that road is definitely better. The hike was awesome very beautiful. We loved hanging out by the river. Nice short hike. you can fish as well.

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1 month ago

Quick and beautiful hike down to hot springs next to river. Crowded but everyone respects social distancing required right now and takes turns w the pools

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rocky
1 month ago

Whether you get in the springs or not, the hike is beautiful. It is one of my favorite trails into the Rio Grande gorge. The springs are amazing, as you'd expect, and there are a few different pools with different temps. Bring a walmart bag or trash bag, because unfortunately there are fools in this world who may leave trash behind. If you come from Arroyo Hondo, the road/trail is pretty rough and absolutley will require a high clearance vehicle with 4wd. Our Forester did a fantastic job, as did our LandCruiser. A passenger car or low vehicle WILL NOT MAKE IT.

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rocky
1 month ago

What a lovely little trail! We were visiting the area from Colorado and loved the gorgeous views of the gorge that this trail offered. The sprints were refreshing, pretty clean, and very enjoyable. Definitely worth the trip if you’re in the area.

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scramble
2 months ago

This is a great trail but is no where near Ojo Caliente...they are way off on that location. It is near Taos.

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washed out
4 months ago

While the majority of the rutted road was fine if taken slow, with 6 inches of snow, the final mile of the road wasn't passable in anything except for a fairly serious 4wd vehicle. Only saw 4-wheeler tracks, all normal tire tracks seemed to have turned back at that point, just as we had to do in our fwd Kia Soul. Would've loved to hang at this place in the snow.

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scramble
6 months ago

It was a nice walk, and we saw a Big horn sheep on our return!! Just to update folks, the location is noted as Ojo Caliente...it is more like Taos. Hot springs were filled with people so we didn’t partake.

hiking
6 months ago

Drove out in 2 wheel drive charger. Beautiful hike down to the hot-springs. Saw 2 ram sheep’s. Here is some of the history about the springs. https://www.taosnews.com/stories/manby-hot-springs-not-quite-what-the-man-envisioned-but-a-legacy-nonetheless,35930

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful hike down the gorge. High clearance vehicle recommended, but passable with 2 wheel drive small suv if careful. Hot springs were warm enough. Water was clear and seemed clean. Gorgeous setting.

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rocky
7 months ago

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8 months ago

We got to within 1/10 th of the trail head and stopped. We were driving a Ford f 150. The front bumper hit on an earlier dip. We couldn’t have been driving any slower. When we got to almost the trail head the truck was leaning hard to the passenger side. We stopped at the bottom of the dip because we didn’t think the bumper would clear going up. A little rough is an understatement. We did not hike down because we would have had to park away from the trail head. We just weren’t comfortable. Now having said that the area is unique and beautiful. We were disappointed that we didn’t hike it.

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rocky
8 months ago

Easy hike down to some awesome hot springs. Not much in the way of shade, but it's a pretty short one. Super pretty!

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing day!!! Bring your hiking boots and a high clearance vehicle. The road leading up to the path is a little rough!!!

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9 months ago

Amazing Beautiful views of the river and canyon and warm springs at the bottom. People swam down the river a few times and seemed to enjoy that. I wish I hadn't forgotten my water in my car, but it was a very nice trail all the way down.

hiking
9 months ago

Good hike with a great view, but I would caution towards 4 wheel drive and high clearance as the roads leading to the top of the trail are a bit rough on city/highway-oriented vehicles. The springs down at the bottom are really nice.

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rocky
9 months ago

Great short trail to the hot springs. As of 8/3/19 the hot springs upper pool is open and the two lower pools are somewhat open. It’s pretty darn cool! Our group of 5 kids & 2 adults loved it!!!!! The kids didn’t want to leave and didn’t complain during the hike (which they always do). It’s a straight down hill to the river and a straight uphill back.

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rocky
10 months ago

This year’s snow melt is no joke. As Ben mentions, the two pools outside the stone square are fully submerged as of 7/5/19. Saw a dog check out the river and get swept about 200 feet downstream before his owner rescued him (with only a few scrapes and bruises, fortunately.) Please be careful. Also, the southern approach by road has been gated up since last year, so make sure you’re driving in from the north.

hiking
11 months ago

The views are beautiful. However, the water is only lukewarm.

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