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This was my favorite trail of our week long trip in New Mexico. There is so much variance in the landscape and the Biomes. Once you are in the canyons there are fields of wild flowers and wild mint growing along the river. We went in september and it was incredible.Tthe spring is actualy a little tricky to find. you just have to look for aquatic plants growing along the canyons. We found the large pool by following the spring from the river. Don't look for hot water or anything like that. It did not help. Everyone said you can't miss the spring but we sure had a hard time finding it. There are about 1,257 river crossings on this trail. Just bring shoes you don't mind getting wet. The water was not especially high or fast. you are just wet for most of this hike. Great camping spots. Try to camp near the Spring if possible. The sites seem to me a little better up river. Also, We did find a large rattle snake in one of the fields. He let us know he was there long before we got too close and it was not a big deal but something to be aware of.
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.
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.
Really easy short trail, and absolutely gorgeous hot springs. We went 11/8/16 and the water was warm, not hot (we only stayed 40 mins), but still marvelous. Had the place to ourselves for sunrise.
Note: if you're like me and love natural places bring a trash bag! Unfortunately people leave trash and we wished we coulda picked up more
Valerie B. on McCauley Hot Springs
Love this trail, when I can find it. Couldn't find the right trail on my first attempt. Found it on my second, and got lost but found it again on my third. You need to find the trail with the hiking symbols (4 inch circular brown signs with a hiking man) posted on several trees along the way. If you're on the trail without these, wrong trail. Some people say to follow the ribbons, but I don't have luck with those. The springs are very nice. Not hot, but warm. The little fish nibble on you. You can continue on the trail past the springs to Jemez Falls. The trail from Battleship to Hot Springs is moderate. From Hot Springs to Jemez Falls, I'd say difficult in some spots. Not for little ones due to difficulty and path follows cliff edge. 4 miles total with Hot Springs being the half way point. Enjoy!
Views are amazing but the trail really is rough. Didn't do the whole loop because there was no marker for where the trail heads once you get half way. Got lost trying to follow the trail through the app with GPS it was like it wanted me to start walking down a cliff o.o so I just turned around and went back the way I came. Got lost for a little while but thankfully someone ribbon marked the trail at a point. Would do it again though for sure