Manby Hot Springs Trail

MODERATE 40 reviews

Manby Hot Springs Trail is a 0.9 mile 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 birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
259 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

hot springs

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

hiking
1 month ago

Entrance to the left of the parking area. Beautiful views of the Rio Grande gorge and an easy and short hike down, even with two kids. Multiple hot springs await at the bottom along the river; one super warm, the other more like bath water. Springs are clothing optional, so I wouldn’t suggest this hike for the prudish.

1 month ago

Fun and easy hike to the springs and river. Hardest part is getting to the trailhead. After that it’s an easy hike.

hiking
2 months ago

We followed the written directions since the gps lost signal. The hike down is rocky at times but not difficult. River very low, possible to walk to other side, thigh-deep max. Met some wonderful people. One guy told about history of the place. Supposedly shady character Manby established a brothel by the river in this spot in late 1800s. Some brickwork still intact. Springs feature in ”Easy Rider”, early on when the guys visit a comune and go skinnydipping with two hippie girls. You can tell river was higher back then though. Lower now due to climate change (less snow in winter, very low in winter of 2018) and dambuilding in Colorado. Mesmerizing place, we absolutely loved it.

2 months ago

Nice short hike down the side of the gorge with excellent views of the gorge and river running through it.
Took the kids to the Hot Springs – they are not super hot but pleasantly warm. The warmer one is the one hidden in the shade. The other pool is a little cooler.
Note that the drive-in is a long dirt road and you would be better off with high clearance.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike down the side of the canyon, ending in two spring-fed pools (one warm, one hot) alongside the river. We saw mountain goats and hawks.
The road in to the trail head is quite rough, so go very slowly unless you have 4-wheel drive.

4 months ago

Very nice hike. The road in is rough so a Awd/4wd car is likely a requirement.

6 months ago

It’s a beautiful hike with great views of the Rio Grande canyon and river and the Hot Springs are warm, small but beautiful

hiking
7 months ago

Pros: Beautiful views, manageable hike, great wildlife spot (We saw a herd of bighorn sheep)
Cons: Can be crowded if you go at the wrong time. Water is more warm than hot. You need a truck or SUV to get there. The road is rough.

10 months ago

Beautiful hike, albeit rocky at times, but worth it for beautiful hot springs , views, and proximity to the Rio Grande

10 months ago

Super easy trail with some beautiful vistas of the Rio Grande river ending in a sweet hot spring pool.

hiking
11 months ago

Great relaxing spot, watch out for the tarantulas. Pools are not too hot.

hiking
Friday, September 15, 2017

The trail was fine. Getting down to the springs and back up is easy enough. A disappointing amount of trash and old clothes are strewn about all around the springs, as well as dog poop on the trail. Met a few nice people at the bottom. If you have a couple extra hours, and don't want to go too far from Taos, give it a shot. Once was probably enough for me.

hiking
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

So I didn't have high hopes but I was pleasantly surprised on a Sunday morning. nobody around but a friendly naked artist, quiet, warm. very relaxing after having climbed Wheeler the day before.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Awesome views, hot springs were warm

hiking
Friday, December 30, 2016

Hiked down about an hour after sunset. Trail is fairly steep with snowpack and rocks, but very doable with good footwear. Great view of the stars from the bottom of the canyon. Hot springs were warm, but too cold to go in at night.

Note: 4 wheel drive is required to access trailhead in the winter. We had to park about .5 miles down the road and walk to the trailhead because of the road conditions.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

A nice short downhill rocky hike.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Fun, beautiful scenery. Very rocky.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Short hike. Beautiful canyon.

hiking
Saturday, December 05, 2015

Small hike down. Springs are great.

hiking
Monday, October 26, 2015

Easy, beautiful trail down to the hot springs. The road leading to the trailhead is a bit rough, but it's manageable if you take it slow.

hiking
Monday, May 25, 2015

Great trail down to the springs which are right next to the river. I was there April 2014.

hiking
Friday, May 22, 2015

Very scenic springs. On an old wagon road. Also the site of the springs in "Easy Rider". Take Tune road all the way out to the Dobson House sign and stay left. About a half mile later the road will dead end into a parking lot (unless you have a high clearance vehicle). Anyhow this is where you want to park. Keep all valuables out of sight. This lot is notorious for break-ins.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Don't trust google maps getting there. Be sure to go directly to trailhead. That's your only real access. The trail in is nice and easy. keep an eye out for bighorns and petroglyphs. The pools are roomy, with three options at different temperatures. Well worth the time and effort. Expect company and enjoy the river.

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