San Antonio Hot Springs

MODERATE 39 reviews
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San Antonio Hot Springs is a 0.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Jemez Pueblo, 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.

0.6 miles
400 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips



hot springs


wild flowers


1 month ago

Do not attempt to drive this (when the gate is open) unless you have very high clearance! Especially if it's muddy! Just hike the 6-ish easy miles in. It took us about an hour and a half one way.
If you can't decide which hot springs in the area to do, do this one. It's actually hot, and it's beautiful. Clear water, beautiful views, less people. You won't be disappointed.

I absolutely love this place!!!!

3 months ago

10 miles round trip gate is closed, road can be accessed with bikes or 4 wheeler, downhill all the way in ... up hill back, hiking boots should be used various terrain, the warm springs are off trail, but was really nice! Take water food... long hike.

3 months ago

About a 10mile hike in total if the gate is closed. It’s a very easy hike with little to know elevation changes until about the last 0.5 mile. If the gate is open it’s about a 2mile hike in total. Dog friendly. Kid friendly. One of the loveliest views in New Mexico! Worth the hike!

5 months ago

One of my favorite places to hike. Usually when the gate is open you can drive all the way down but if not it’s about a 6 mile hike there. It’s not rough terrain so it’s very easy. The springs are beautiful as well as the canyon with the creek. Highly recommended.

7 months ago

A long walk if the gate is locked(10 miles there and back) but the water is perfect. Stayed in long enough, we weren’t even cold when we got out(upper 30’s) All in all well worth the walk

9 months ago

Was our first natural hot spring and had a lovely time. At 2PM on a Wednesday, was one other group of people also there and one had just left, but more were on there way as we were departing at 3. Not too crowded. The 5 mile road in is indeed fit only for an SUV, but our Forrester did fine taking it slow and using the Xmode in the steeper ditches. Recent rain and mud would have made it impossible in our small SUV. Just make sure to budget enough time for the off-roading - took about an hour. From there, the gorgeous short hike and the reward of the spring were a perfect escape.

10 months ago

Our SUV had some issues with road. Giant potholes filled with rain water. Ended up leaving our vehicle on the side of the trail and hiking up 3+ miles, so 6 miles out-and-back. Trail (aka road) was not difficult, but lots of other trucks zooming along on the road. Not a peaceful hike, but a few ok views along the way. Springs were hot, and the view at the springs was also worth the hike. Be prepared to share the experience with a lot of other people.

10 months ago

My favorite place to go! Even if I have to do the 5 miles in and out, definitely worth it.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Is there dispersed camping in this area? Santa Fe National Forest website says you can camp anywhere there isn't a sign. I couldn't find any more detail on maps etc.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

We rode our dirt bikes up 376 and just did the little hike to the springs from the no motorized vehicle gate. We took a dip to cool down in the creek before heading up the mountain. It is a cascading hotspring and very warm! I plan to try it while there is some snow on the ground, but overall the experience was amazing. It is gorgeous, and not too busy like at spence.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Saturday's are the busiest from what I've seen. But, the hot springs are well worth the hike up. The best is going when there is still some snow. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

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.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Such a relaxing end to our camping trip!!

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

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 :).

Friday, May 13, 2016

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.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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.

Monday, April 04, 2016

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.

Monday, March 14, 2016

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.

Monday, December 14, 2015

***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.

Monday, August 31, 2015

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!

Saturday, August 08, 2015

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.

scenic driving
Saturday, July 11, 2015

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.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

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.

Monday, July 02, 2012

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.

Friday, June 22, 2012

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.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

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.

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