Sierra County New Mexico

Hot Springs in Truth or Consequences

Since before recorded history, the therapeutic benefits of the hot springs in this area have drawn people here.

Blackstone Historic Bath - hot springs in Truth or ConsequencesThe hot thermal water flows out of a rift along the Rio Grande that appeared more than 50 million years ago. The rift uplifted Truth or Consequences’ landmark hill, and faults along the rift allow deep groundwater to flow freely to the surface without losing heat or minerals — producing pristine waters with temperatures ranging from 98 to 115 degrees, with trace elements of 38 different minerals. The pH of the water is 7, or neutral.

With almost 2,700 parts per million of assorted minerals, these thermal springs constitute some of the most heavily mineralized water in the United States. The continually flowing waters also have two important and unique features:

— The water has no unpleasant odor.
— The single largest ingredient in the water is chloride, a naturally occurring germ killer that sterilizes the skin and ensures the purity of the water.

Located in the downtown Hot Springs Bathhouse Historic and Commercial District, the spas and bathhouses of Truth or Consequences are central to its history. The region gained recognition as a health center at the turn of the century, and in the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s motorists flocked to area resorts. [see a brochure for “Hot Springs New Mexico, City of Health”]

Some were prescribed the “21 day soak” regimen, said to cure “anything that ails you.” In a nutshell, the regimen is – soak in our hot springs once daily for 21 days, at around the same time each day, and spend as much time resting & recovering immediately afterward as you taking the waters.

Today, the charmingly restored hotels, motels, RV parks, and spas reflect this history and offer travelers a wide range of accommodations that retain the flavor of this bygone era, along with healing treatments including massage, reflexology, mud wraps, reiki, and more.

Visitors seeking in-room private baths will find several to choose from, and most of the baths are open to walk-ins who can pay to soak by the half hour or hour.

Hot Springs Truth or Consequences map

“Book Online” buttons and $$ ratings below refer to spas with lodging rooms.
$ = 40-59 per night | $$ = 60-89 per night | $$$ = 90 and up per night

Artesian Mineral Baths
Artesian Mineral Baths
312 Marr

walk-in soaks allowed

Walk-ins are welcome during business hours - 9am-12pm and 1-8pm daily except Wednesday.

Blackstone Hotsprings' Wet Room
Blackstone Hotsprings
410 Austin
$$-$$$

walk-in soaks allowedOpen to Walk-ins from 9am-9pm daily.  Call ahead or stop in with a credit card to reserve either the Wet Room (which includes a large hot spring pool and a steam room) or one of the 2 Historic Baths.  more info

Each of Blackstone’s 7 rooms is inspired by a different television show (ie Twilight Zone, Golden Girls, Roy Rogers) and includes unlimited use of in-room hot springs…. Read more »

lobby of the Charles Motel & Hot Springs, Truth or Consequences
Charles Motel & Spa
601 Broadway
$-$$

walk-in soaks allowedBaths at The Charles are open to Walk-ins from 8am-10pm. Punch cards are available; buy in bulk and save $1 per soak.  more info

1940s traditional spa services include on-site hot springs mineral baths (one soak per person per night). Most rooms have kitchens. … Read more »

Fire Water Lodge
Fire Water Lodge
311 Broadway
$$

Walk-ins are not available; Fire Water baths are reserved for lodging guests.

Lodging guests have access to private baths, either inside or outside, depending on the room. … Read more »

Indian Springs Baths & Apartments in Truth or Consequences NM
Indian Springs
218 Austin Street
$

walk-in soaks allowedWalk-ins are welcome at Indian Springs on a first-come/first-served basis.  Stop by!

Two private, natural-flowing hot spring pools are situated next to six 1940s-style efficiency apartments. Rooms are available on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Lodgers get two free half-hour baths per day. SPA HOURS 8am – 9pm daily$4 per person for for a half hour bath Baths are gravel-bottom, mostly natural flow, but a pump in the small bath maintains… Read more »

La Paloma Hot Springs & Spa
La Paloma Hot Springs & Spa
311 Marr
$$-$$$

walk-in soaks allowedWalk-ins are welcome at La Paloma Hot Springs and Spa from 10am-10pm daily.  more info

La Paloma, formerly Marshall Miracle Pools, is a natural free flowing bathhouse with no pumps or pipes. Originally the first car park in T or C, it is now a quiet and peaceful space to escape the stress and demands of life. Stop in, take a breath, have a soak and find yourself…. Read more »

Hay-Yo-Kay Hot Springs
La Paloma Too (formerly Hay-Yo-Kay Hot Springs)
300 Austin

walk-in soaksLa Paloma Too (formerly Hay-Yo-Kay) is open to walk-ins Sunday-Thursday 2-8pm, Friday and Saturday 2-10pm.

Lodging is available next door at La Paloma Hot Springs. LPToo offers hot spring / mineral water baths to walk-ins. … Read more »

Pelican Spa, Truth or Consequences NM
Pelican Spa
306 S. Pershing Street
$-$$$

Sorry, Walk-ins are not allowed; baths at Pelican Spa are for lodging guests.  Pelican hot spring bath photos

Affordable overnight lodging in several downtown locations with unlimited hot spring soaks available to lodging guests on a first-come / first-served basis…. Read more »

Riverbend Hot Springs
Riverbend Hot Springs
100 Austin
$$-$$$

walk-in soaks allowedWalk-ins are welcome during business hours, 8am-10pm, with the last soak at 9pm. Sessions last 50 minutes in the private pools, 1 hour in the public baths. Call ahead or pre-book soaks online!

Riverbend offers lodging, public and private pools on the banks of the Rio Grande, a sauna, and unmatched views of the river and Turtleback mountain…. Read more »

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Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa
501 McAdoo
$$-$$$

walk-in soaks allowedWalk-ins are welcome, but it's suggested that you call ahead to book a spa treatment or bath.  more info

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Sierra Grande offers full spa services, hot spring baths, a 2-bedroom casita and meeting rooms…. Read more »


massage and spa treatments

Spa Services, Massage, Reflexology

If you’re looking for an opportunity to be pampered to the nines, there are two full-service spas in Truth or Consequences/Elephant Butte, and massage and other treatments can be arranged on-site at several hotels in the county.  Please see our Spa page for more information.

History of the Hot Springs as a Destination

Riverbend Hot Springs - early 1900s

Riverbend back in the day

Downtown Truth or Consequences sits atop a large natural aquifer that produces somewhat salty, odorless water ranging in temperature from 100-115 degrees Fahrenheit. Were the city (and nearby Elephant Butte Dam) not here, the downtown area would be a swampy basin of warm mud, subject to seasonal flooding from the Rio Grande.

The Chiricahua (Warm Springs) Apaches named these springs “Place to Pray” and considered them a sacred place for healing. (Many locals repeat the “Geronimo Soaked Here” tale, but it is thought by local historians to wishful thinking, not fact.)

Hot Springs New Mexico, City of Health

During the late 1800s, while neighboring areas like Kingston and Chloride were experiencing the Gold and Silver Rush, the hot springs were visited by more and more people and the area became known as “Palomas Hot Springs.” The first generation of bath houses were actually tents, and a soak entailed laying in the hot mud and slathering it all over oneself; doing so was thought to cure rheumatism.

The event that changed the area forever was the construction of Elephant Butte Dam between 1911 and 1916. Liquor and gambling were outlawed at the construction site, but establishments in the hot springs settlement five miles away offered both – and in abundance. The population grew rapidly and the town was incorporated in 1916.

Once the dam was completed, the flow of the river was altered such that more land could be claimed from the flood plain, allowing for stick frame bathhouses to be built in what had been swamp. Wells were sunk into the aquifer, allowing clear spring water to flow. The town developed as a health resort; hot mineral water was an accepted medical treatment, and slogans like “City of Health” and “Health Capital of the Southwest” drew visitors and healers alike.

Over the course of the 20th century, the town’s name was changed first to Hot Springs, then famously to Truth or Consequences. Some say that last change caused the mineral baths to be forgotten, but today the hot springs seem to be experiencing a resurgence in popularity.

Truth or Consequences Mineral Water Analysis
courtesy of the Charles Motel & Spa

 

mineral content in Truth or Consequences hot springs

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