Manby Hot Springs

Taos, New Mexico 87571

Manby Hot Springs

Manby Hot Springs Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This is a fabulous grouping of hot springs bubbling into several rock-lined pools along an undeveloped portion of the Rio Grande Gorge. The source is approximately 100 degrees, though the pools are somewhat cooler and vary in temperature.

There are no developed camping facilities at the springs, but there are no restrictions against camping nearby. There are several developed campgrounds in the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River Recreation Area as well as the Carson National Forest. Be sure to check with the BLM for all the latest restrictions."

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We found this to be a terrific experience. By arriving early and slipping down the trail over the still frosty rocks we were able to enjoy the view of the river and rocks by ourselves.

We were joined by a group of fly fishermen, but they stayed a discreet distance away and out of sight for our visit. The area was very clean except for a couple of cigarette butts and two forgotten undergarments. We took the trash and clothing away with us when we left. If they were yours, they are unlikely to be found again. Sorry.

We did encounter no less than 15 adults, children and critters heading to the springs on our way out. I suspect that the experience changes greatly if you attend during peak hours.


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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.

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Summer and early fall. Roads my be too muddy in winter and spring, and the pools may be washed out by high water levels.
Hot Springs
Bureau of Land Management, Taos Field Office
Local Contacts
USGS Arroyo Hondo
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