Got up early on weekday to go have a soak in the Springs, and still have plenty of time to wander around Taos afterwards. This was my first natural hot springs experience, and I could not have asked for a better one.
The day was beautiful, sunny, but a little chilly in the AM. We followed the directions to the trailhead, and I noticed that they were a little off. There were no signs to Manby Springs, as indicated, but if you just keep going to down the word veering left, you will come to the right spot.
We parked our car on top, and headed down the trail. We found ourselves stopping quite often for the photo oppurtunities of our descent into the Rio Grande Gorge, and were passed up by 4 locals heading down to the springs.
I went a little past the springs in order to grab a geocache that is hidden nearby, and then we hit the springs. Clothes were not required, and the locals treated us like family. We had such a great time with them. They included us in their algae fight, and made us feel at home.
Our time at Manby Springs was filled with laughter and fun, and I can't think of a better way to relax. It was one of the best side stops on our trip to Northern New Mexico.
Also check out the Earth Ships as you go down Tune Road. They are fairly incredible and interesting. And of course, the obligatory trip to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is a must, and it is just around the corner.
Manby Springs will be on our taos itenerary from now on.