This Primitive Hot Springs Trail In New Mexico Is Everything You Need This Winter

While everyone is skiing and snowboarding this winter, if you’re looking for something a little more relaxing, this easy hike in the Santa Fe National Forest leads to a hot springs to dip in any time of year. Let’s lace up our boots and head out on a stroll down a trail that’s home to unparalleled beauty, and bestows one of the most impressive natural hot springs in New Mexico at the end that’s perfect for some winter relaxation.

Have you ever taken this relaxing hot springs hike before? How was your experience of one of the most impressive hot springs in New Mexico? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to share photos from your hiking adventures with us in our New Mexico Nature Lovers Facebook group, or tag us on Instagram by tagging #onlyinnewmexico for a chance to be featured!

For more incredible trails in the Land of Enchantment, you might want to prepare to take on the ultimate waterfall hike bucket list.

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January 09, 2022

What are the best hiking trails in New Mexico?

One of the very best ways to experience the Land of Enchantment is to get out and hike. Fortunately, New Mexico offers some of the best hiking trails in the country, no matter which region you happen to be exploring. From dramatic canyon landscapes to the mountains, dense forests, and rushing rivers, each trail setting offers something spectacular. One of the most challenging parts is simply deciding which trail to tackle first! Fortunately, we've done the work for you to compile a list of our favorite hiking trails in New Mexico. At the top of the list is the Aspen Vista Trail in the Santa Fe National Forest. This is a long trail, measuring 11 miles, but promises to immerse you in a striking wooded terrain that you won't soon forget. If you happen to visit during the fall months, you can look forward to seeing the Aspen leaves transform into hues of yellow and gold. Another remarkable trail can be found within the Gila National Forst. The Catwalk National Recreation Trail is just two miles but will take you above the canyon floor of the iconic Whitewater Canyon. Don't forget to bring your camera! Some other epic trails worth hiking include Cave Creek Trail in the Pecos Wilderness, Crater Rim Trail at Capulin Volcano National Monument, Dripping Springs Trail in Las Cruces, Fourth of July Trail in Cibola National Forest, the Holy Ghost Creek Trail in Santa Fe National Forest, Junction Cave in El Malpais National Monument, Osha Trail in Cloudcroft, Paliza Canyon in Jemez Springs, and finally, Williams Lake Trail in Taos Ski Valley. Curious to learn more about these epic trails? Check out our previous article: Take These 12 Incredible New Mexico Hikes, One For Each Month Of The Year.