San Francisco Hot Springs

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Gila National Forest

San Francisco Hot Springs is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Glenwood, New Mexico that features hot springs and is good for all skill levels. 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.

Distance: 2.5 miles Elevation Gain: 459 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

hot springs

views

hiking
over grown
1 day ago

Followed the map which led to a landing area along the river. Took the trailhead from there another 0.4 miles to the river crossing. Never found the hot springs. Met another couple who crossed the river and went up another 3/4 mile and they too never found them. Very small portion overgrown with grass, but the trail is well maintained otherwise. It was a great hike, short and sweet but a good climb coming out of the canyon. I will definitely come back when the temperature drops again.

hiking
6 days ago

Easy trail about 45 minutes each way. Take trail downriver to just around river bend then find spot to cross or get in water. Spring/seep is 100 or so meters downriver from bend, they are on river’s/water’s edge.

hiking
bugs
no shade
over grown
rocky
8 days ago

When you get to the river go downstream about a tenth and cross to the other side for the hot springs.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty canyon.

hiking
4 months ago

Lots of rocks and mud for the first third of the trail. Beautiful views of the mountains. You can hike further than the 4K if you just continue to follow the trail passed the rivers edge. We did find a small hot spring, but didn’t go in it. The dogs enjoyed a swim in the cool river.

hiking
6 months ago

Rough road.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

We went all the way down stream on both sides of the river to the steep canyon cliffs. We did not find the hot springs, but it was a good hike.

hiking
11 months ago

My second time doing this trail. I prefer it in the winter. Less greenery, so you can see more. Still very much worth it. Loose rocks on the entire path. Be cautious

hiking
Tue Apr 23 2019

Nice walk down into a river canyon. The river crossing was hard as the current was swift. After you cross look for a dry creek bed and follow it to the left. Just don't expect a pool other than a small creek discharging warm water into the river. May be seasonally dependent. Good hike though.

hiking
rocky
scramble
Sun Mar 31 2019

The trail guide is pretty poor. from the trail head head down to the river. immediately as the trail hit the bottom of the bank and the river you have to cross over. it was 3 to 4 feet deep in late March with strong current. There is a trail marker on the other bank turn left and head for the big rock outcrop infront of you. There is a hot green pool full of fish and creatures at the bottom of this. Follow the run off to the river bank to your left and on the river bank there are springs coming out of the ground with hot water. There is a sulphurous muddy pool on the opposite bank too behind a tree root. Worth the effort.

hiking
rocky
scramble
Thu Mar 07 2019

Easy trail on the way down to the river. Coming back up is a hard climb. The trail switchbacks all the way down to the river. Cross the river with a sturdy walking stick. The day I went it was really moving. Probably around 10mph. The initial parking area is not the main trailhead. Follow the foot path about 1 mile until you see the rustic trailhead . Again not an easy climb up. So if you have trouble breathing or not in physical shape do not go down to the river. Getting out will be very strenuous. Absolutely beautiful though. Great spot for photography, or a lazy picnic . The springs are hot. Follow the path on the other side of the river and you will find it easily.

Sun Dec 02 2018

I definitely would not rate this an easy trail..... moderate would be more accurate. I didn’t see any hot spring pools constructed in the river but if you dig around with your feet you can find some nice warm water. Stunning views overlooking the canyon.

hiking
Mon Oct 08 2018

Should be considered a moderate hike. Beautiful canyon. Never did find the hot springs, no pools, river was warm though. Beautiful dragonfly’s everywhere.

hiking
Sat Sep 15 2018

We did this hike in April , great scenery with the rock cliffs , we did see a mountain goat high above looking down at us . Pretty good grade coming back up out of the canyon . Will probably do this one again during cooler months

hiking
Sat Jul 21 2018

nice hike, not much shade. steep climb down to the river. in July the springs were only Bathtub warm, not hot. Could be a seasonal thing.

hiking
Fri Jan 19 2018

I took my 4 children ages 5-13 to the springs last week (Jan 13, 2018). The trail was easy enough and the trailhead was super easy to find. When you get to the bottom of the trail to the river, cross and then turn left. The springs will be on the river bank. There are about 4-5 pools. It was a bit crowded but we went on a long weekend. The towns people are super friendly and you should stop off and eat in their cafes. Patronize their businesses.

Thu Jan 18 2018

Trail can be difficult close to the river. The canyon is beautiful and hot springs are small but relaxing. Primitive camping at trail head.

Tue Jan 16 2018

Very fun Trail. The canyons are beautiful. The hot springs felt very nice!

Mon Jul 31 2017

This is more Moderate then easy. Very little shade but well worth the walk the river is beautiful when we went the river was too high to cross so hot spring was not there

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