On our way to South Carolina for our daughter’s college graduation (yeah!!) we stopped at Ojo Caliente Mineral Hot Springs Resort. It was Mark’s 50th birthday so we thought we would have a nice little mini vacation before heading off to the heat and humidity of the south.
Ojo Caliente is famous for its waters. Discovered by Native Americans centuries ago and then conquered by the Spanish in the 1500’s when they discovered it (and displaced the natives as well). It holds a lot of history as well as the healing powers of the water.
There are many types of waters that are located here: Arsenic, Iron and Soda water just to name a few. There are multiple pools located throughout the resort with varying degrees of heat (89 to 104 degrees).
The resort has many different accommodations available including an RV park! Now, as RV parks go, it is pretty basic and it is quite expensive for what you get IMO ($40/night) but it is still cheaper than staying in the hotel. 🙂
The RV Park consists of power and water hookups only (no sewer). There is a dump station but they charge $20 to dump. Kind of a rip off, I think. The spaces are a bit primitive, unlevel and can’t really accept large rigs (30′ would be pushing it). BUT there are many wonderful aspects to the springs that overrides the downsides to the park.
We spent 3 days at Ojo. The first day we were so overwhelmed with all the springs we couldn’t decide which one we liked best! On the second day though we knew we loved the Soda Pool the most.
We also really loved the mud zone! Yes, MUD!!! It sounds odd but wow did our skin feel great afterwards. You get wet, then mud up and lay out to dry. Then you wash it off. Your skin is silky smooth and so soft! Mark didn’t think he would like it but he had to admit it was pretty awesome.
One thing we especially enjoyed was the FOOD! The Artesian Restaurant was amazing in every way. We had lunch and dinner there every day and even breakfast for Mark’s birthday as well. We really spoiled ourselves with the food!
That was just a sampling of the food. We ate our way through the menu to be sure. 🙂 In fact, we probably had these Green Chili Fries 5 times while we were there. SO GOOD!
For Mark’s birthday we did something pretty special – we rented a private hot spring for just the two of us. It had amazing views of the cliffs, a kiva fireplace and we snuck in a bottle of champagne to celebrate! Not something we would do every time we would visit but certainly an amazing treat!
All in all it was an amazing three days! And the best part? This is only 1-1/2 hours from our property in northern New Mexico! How awesome is that? Knowing we are close enough we can spend the day there or even take the truck camper for one night. Yes please! We will definitely be back!