McCauley Hot Springs

Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544

McCauley Hot Springs

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"Another collection of spectacular natural hot springs in the Jemez Springs area, with several large pools of warm water perfect for bathing."

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Hiking New Mexico - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides)
Laurence Parent
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"A day hike to a large warm spring in the Jemez Mountains. This popular hike goes to a large warm spring, ideal for relaxing regardless of the time of year. Snows in winter may temporarily make the trail hard to find and difficult to travel, but nothing feels better than a hot soak on a cold day. The spring, at about 1.75 miles, lies on a ponderosa pine- covered slope. The clear sandy- bottomed pool, created by a large rock wall, is about 30 feet across and up to 5 feet deep. Relax and enjoy the flowing warm water with the guppies, tetras, and other tropical fish that people have introduced. Down the slope from the main pool are several smaller, more private pools."

McCauley Hot Springs Trip Reports

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5/26/2009
Never found the springs. The trail is not marked, or marked well for that matter. We followed the trail along the EJR for a mile and gave up.

What are our Park fees going towards if the advertised trail isn't marked???
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3/22/2009
This was a very nice stroll in the Jemez Mountains. The trail starts off very easy. Make sure you follow the first sign that marks the trail number and actually switchbacks on you a little bit to the left. After that keep your eye open for a small rock carin and a piece of pink hunters tape that mark your next right turn. You'll mind will say to go straight but make sure you go right it's a switchback! After that it's smooth sailing and you'll be there in no time. Great easy hike enjoyed it. Very easy walking. Springs were crowded but hey thats how it goes. To complete the day on the way back to ABQ headed to Ponderosa winery had a few tastings and relaxed! great day trip you'll like it.
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12/3/2007
It is very beautiful! The trail is not marked but it is very easy to get off the original trail without knowing it.
We went up one way and came down another yet not sure how. We also encountered others that did not reach the springs because of trail confusion. Don't give up!
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7/14/2007
I live in Los Alamos and have always heard this spring referred to as "warm" not "hot". The temperature is very nice, but not above 90. The trail is easy to follow and has a good surface. Weekends are usually crowded. The setting is beautiful with water gently flowing from one pool to another and humming birds flitting around the nearby wildfflowers.
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3/6/2006
The trail is pleasant and the springs are pretty, but they are decidedly not hot.
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12/1/2005
This is a wonderful hot spring located about 30 minutes from Los Alamos. I hiked from the Battleship Rock Picnic area. The trail is strenuous but not a bad walk. Allow about 1.5 hours there and about 45 minutes back. The trail is marked, so follow the upper trail. The guidebook says follow the river, but this route is blocked off and much more difficult to follow and requires some bouldering and very steep climbing. Take plenty of water, a towel, camera and prepare to relax. The scenary is beautiful and the solitude wonderful.
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Trail Information

Los Alamos
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
4
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
Year-round, though trails will be virtually impassable during wet weather in early spring and winter. Roads may also be closed at times during winter.
Season
Hot Springs, Waterfalls
Features
Santa Fe National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Los Alamos, Jemez Springs, Redondo Peak
Local Maps

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