Editor’s note: This hiking trail is temporarily closed due to wildfires in the area. We will not be updating information in the following article at this time. 

The Land of Enchantment is home to hundreds of hikes that lead to beautiful views. Today, we’ve found a hike for you in the Santa Fe National Forest that is only four miles long. Once you reach the end of the trail, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the oasis you’ll find there. The hike is beautiful and worthwhile in itself, but at the end, you’ll find one of the best swimming holes in New Mexico.

Have you ever taken a dip in McCauley Hot Springs? This natural spring is such a refreshing experience after a rewarding hike. Let us know about your experiences in the comments!

Looking for more adventure? This easy hike in New Mexico will take you to the top of the world.

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