There’s a hike in New Mexico that ends in a destination so enchanting that it belongs in the pages of a fairytale. The San Antonio Hot Springs are primitive hot springs in the Santa Fe National Forest, between Los Alamos and the town of Jemez Springs. Hikers can soak their sore muscles in pools that appear to cling to the edge of a steep hillside, surrounded by astonishing views.

Although you can’t camp at the hot springs, there are plenty of campgrounds in the Jemez Mountains.

If this hike sounds too long, driving is sometimes a possibility. In good weather, 4WD vehicles can make it along Forest Road 376. That leaves you with a short uphill scramble to the springs.

View this YouTube video if you’re not yet convinced that the San Antonio Hot Springs deserve a spot on your bucket list.

Prefer more developed hot springs? Check out these 12 New Mexico soaking spots.

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