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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 showing all mineral bath facilities

“Book Online” buttons and $$ ratings below refer to spas with lodging rooms.

Artesian RV Park & Mineral Baths
Artesian Bath House & RV Park
312 Marr

Stay with us and receive a discount on soaks in our hot mineral baths. We offer laundry facilities, showers, restrooms, and picnic tables on-site. Some of our spaces have telephone hookups but service is not provided and must be arranged by the tenant.

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.

The Artesian offers several RV spaces but no lodging.

The Golden Girls Suite at Blackstone Hotsprings
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 any of the 6 private baths.

Blackstone’s 10 rooms pay tribute to old tv shows – from As the World Turns to Twilight Zone. Rooms on the main property include unlimited use of in-room hot springs. Rooms across the street may use the spa during business hours.

lobby of the Charles Motel & Hot Springs, Truth or Consequences
Charles Hot Springs, 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.

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

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. Pets are allowed for an extra fee.

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!

Indian Springs was established in the 1930s. Two private, natural-flowing hot spring pools are situated next to six ’40s-style efficiency apartments.

La Paloma Hot Springs & Spa
La Paloma Hot Springs & Spa
311 Marr
walk-in soaks allowedWalk-ins are welcome at La Paloma Hot Springs & Spa from 10am-10pm daily.

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.

Hay-Yo-Kay Hot Springs
La Paloma Too
300 Austin
walk-in soaksLa Paloma Too (formerly Hay-Yo-Kay) is open to walk-ins Sunday through Thursday from 2-8pm and Friday & Saturday from 2-10pm.

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

lodging at the Pelican Spa
Pelican Spa
306 S. Pershing
walk-in soaks allowedOpen to walk-ins Sunday through Thursday from 9am-9pm daily. Soaks are $6 for 45 minutes.

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

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.

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.

Public Baths at Riverbend Hot Springs
Riverbend Hot Springs RV Park
100 Austin

Each RV site includes full hookup, wireless internet, and free use of our public hot springs. Discounts on rentals of private pools are also available for our RV Park tenants. Your group may also make use of our hotel accommodations.

Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa
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 hot mineral bath.

Sierra Grande offers full spa services, hot spring baths, a 2-bedroom casita, and eco-tours to two ranches owned by Ted Turner—the Armendaris and the Ladder.

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 Massage & Body Work page for more information.

History of the Hot Springs as a Destination

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.

TumbleInn Mud Baths in Hot Springs Cure Rheumatism

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.Hot Springs New Mexico, City of Health

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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