Relax and rejuvinate at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa

When you hear the word “spa” what comes to mind? If you’re a purist, you think of a place that has mineral water and bathing is involved. For some it’s place for massages and a range of luxurious body treatments, for some it’s a place to relax and rejuvenate.. You can have it all a Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa.

mineral springs resort photo Steve Collins

Ojo Caliente's new reception area, photo Steve Collins

The springs here have been making people feel better for over a thousand years. Native Americans discovered this spot and even build a pueblo here. The Spaniards arrived in the 16th century and named it and in 1869, it became one of the first health spas in the country. People came from all over for the healing waters.

Today you can stay here in anything from an RV site to a suite, soak, spa, dine and more. It’s the perfect relaxing getaway.

Soak away your cares and woes:

Ojo offers a number of soaking options available to both day and overnight guests. Three different mineral waters are found in the soaking pools, each with different therapeutic properties. The iron water is considered to be beneficial to the blood and immune system.  The soda water is said to relieve digestive problems and the arsenic water is believed to be beneficial for arthritis and stomach ulcers and healing for a variety of skin conditions. The waters come out of the ground at a toasty 130 degrees Fahrenheit, cool off in the state of the art green filtration system and are then delivered to the pools and tubs. The exception is the Soda Pool where the water bubbles up directly from the ground. The pools are constantly filtered and are emptied and cleaned three times a week. They are open from 8am to 10pm daily.

mineral springs resort photo courtesy Ojo Caliente

Take a relaxing soak in the Iron Pool at Ojo, photo/courtesy Ojo Caliente

Public pools:
The seven public soaking pools, including a swimming pool and a mud pool ( open seasonally) offer the three waters in separate pools. The iron and soda and waters are also used together in some of the pools.
Private pools:
The three private soaking pools, walled on three sides, are open to cliffside on the fourth, are filled with a mixture of soda and iron water.  You can bathe au natural here and the pools, with their wood burning Kiva fireplaces, beckon lovers for a romantic (There is an additional charge to use these.) Opt for an evening soak. Lying in the water, looking up at the stars with the toasty fire crackling in the background is priceless
Soaking tubs:
For a moment of solitude and privacy, opt for one of the individual soaking tubs, also filled with a mix of iron and soda water or indulge in the Private Ritual Herbal Bath. This uber relaxing soak features a special blend of wild-crafted and organic herbs and chamomile eye pads to nourish tired eyes. (There is an additional charge for these.)

While children under 14 are allowed in the big swimming pool, they aren’t in the smaller ones and the entire pool area is a “Whisper Zone.”

Pamper your body:

Both overnight and day guests can pamper at Ojo’s spa. Need to unwind from the stress of life in 21st century?  The serene treatment rooms and knowledgeable therapists offer a healing oasis from a faced-paced world. The diverse spa menu includes a selection of Therapeutic Massages, Ojo Skin Care Therapy and Restorative Body Therapies, some reflecting the southwest and its Native American heritage, for guests to indulge in. The Signature Milagro Relaxation Wrap is a great add on to a soak or perhaps to prelude to a treatment. Before your treatment, spend some time soaking or relax in the steam room or sauna. The heat will make your body more receptive to your chosen path to bliss, relaxation or restoration.

Spend the night (or several):

Ojo offers accommodations for every price range. For people on a budget, there’s an area offering RVs and camping spaces.  All accommodations (except RV and camp sites) come with admission to the soaking pools for your entire stay, from arrival to departure. The basic rooms in the Historic Hotel, a 1916 mission-revival adobe building, are furnished to reflect that era. These have private half-baths; showers are available in the bathhouse from 8am to 10pm. These rooms are a great deal if you factor in the price for soaking for two days. The North Cottages are a step up, offering full baths and kitchenettes with microwaves and small fridges.

mineral springs resort: Spend the night at Ojo Caliente

Treat yourself to a suite. This is one of the resort's Pueblo Suites, photo/courtesy Ojo Caliente

The Plaza, Pueblo and Cliffside suites are built around a courtyard reminiscent of the plazas found in the area’s pueblos. The private, walled Kiva pool in the center of the plaza area is for suite guests only. These comfortable accommodations reflect southwestern style. Both the Pueblo and Cliffside suites offer Kiva fireplaces. The Cliffside accommodations have the added luxury of private soaking tubs on their patios. There are also two private houses, great for families and friends, both with full kitchens.

Splurge on one of the suites, the Kiva pool makes it worth it. It’s often quieter than the public pools and offers longing soaking hours (6am to midnight).

Dining:

Ojo is a small town with few off-site dining options. Luckily, the resort’s Artesian Restaurant has a great chef and offers three meals daily. Local and global ingredients are used to create the casual menu that embraces the foods of Northern New Mexico and beyond. The Wine Bar & Lounge is perfect for a late afternoon bite and a glass of wine or for a light dinner. Try the potato-crusted Green Chile “Fries” with their hot and sweet dipping sauce. For dessert, try the decadent Chocolate Cigar. This witty, decadent dessert is a chocoholics dream.

mineral springs resort fireplace in the wine bar at Ojo photo courtesy Ojo Caliente

The fireplace at the Wine Bar and Lounge at Ojo Caliente, photo/courtesy Ojo Caliente

Things to do:

If soaking and body pampering at the spa are not enough for you, There are a host of activities both in and around the resort. Ojo offers daily yoga classes and there are miles and miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking around the resort’s 1,100 acres. The adjoining National Forest and public lands offer thousands more. Explore the land and discover the historic Posi Ouinge Pueblo, an old mica mine and more. You’ll find wildlife or signs of it as you walk or bike these pristine lands. Bird watchers will discover a variety of species year round. If you want something less strenuous, get out for a leisurely spin on the easy bike loop trail. If you want to get out for the day, there are also lots of adventures waiting for you in Northern New Mexico. If you want to learn the about the history, flora and fauna of the land, book a hike with a knowledgeable guide. The hotel has a list of area resources to assist with this and other area activities.

Whether you are looking for a solo getaway from life’s pressures, a man-free girlfriend getaway (or a guy-getaway) a way to reconnect with your significant other, family or friends, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa offers a private world to escape to. New Mexico has earned the nickname The Land of Enchantment; the magic of Ojo Caliente and its therapeutic waters is one reason. The mineral waters here drew Native Americans thousands of years ago. People still heed that call today. Will you be one of them?

Author’s notes:
While children are allowed in the big swimming pool, children under 14 aren’t allowed in the other public soaking pools and the entire pool area is a “Whisper Zone.”. Leave the kids at home; it’s more relaxing and enjoyable for everyone that way.

Read more about Ojo on Santa Fe Travelers:
Take a llama to lunch
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa: Then and now
Chef Neil Stuart of Artesian Restaurant at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa
More to Ojo Caliente than meets the Eye

The Santa Fe Travelers were guests of the resort. Their gracious hospitality did not influence this post in any way.

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4 Responses to “Relax and rejuvinate at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa”

  1. Karen
    April 16, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    Heading there for hiking and soaking with guests this week! Should be wonderful….

  2. TravelDesigned
    April 17, 2012 at 5:53 am #

    Here’s another place I want to go when we get together!
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