La Paloma Hot Springs, Truth or Consequences, NM

Last month I spent a week in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, visiting family. T or C (as the locals call it) is known for their natural hot springs. They have a bathhouse district with ten different spas where you can pay for to soak. I challenged myself to visit five different spas while I was in town.

My first soak of the week was at La Paloma Too on Austin, in the Hot Spring District.

My family and I rented one of the private outdoor covered gazebos to soak for an hour. It was pretty… rustic. You can tell that this place was nice 30 years ago. The deterioration gives it character, and dare I say, charm. That being said, my brother is disabled, and it was a little difficult for him to get back to our designated gazebo, which was a short walk from the office on a sandy gravel path.

Some ruins.. pretty cute.

A lot of the property seems to be dilapidated. Anything that looks unsafe is roped off. There are also a couple of natural pools that have been reclaimed by nature. In this next picture, you can see the concrete steps in the foreground. I would have asked the person at the front desk fort more information about why some of the pools weren’t in use anymore, but the facility is a whisper-only space. (A minor annoyance that popped up a few times this week.)

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One of the abandoned pools

This is one of the few hot springs in town that is free-flowing, meaning it comes right out of the ground. The rest are piped in from a well. This was the only spa that I visited like this. It was super cool to feel the hot water coming up out of the rocks! I used a hot rock from the pool to massage some knots on my calves. It was almost like getting a massage assisted by the earth. Not quite, but it was nice.

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The concrete walls were a little crumbly, and you can tell the tile work has been there for a while. But this was a very nice soak, and definitely one of my favorites of the week. This tub comfortably sat 4 people and cost us $40 for an hour. I’m pretty sure the temperature in our pool was 101°F, and the temperature outside was around 70°F, so pretty good soaking conditions.

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I we started our soak just before sunset. The blue rope lighting inside the gazebo made for a cool atmosphere.

The water circulates out of the pool via this little hole in the wall that I fondly referred to as the tarantula den. (I have not seen any tarantulas on either of my visits to New Mexico so tarantulas probably don’t live in this hole.)

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I am quite reckless with my phone, and took my phone into (or at least very close to) every bath. I am very confident in my phone handling skills, and I put a lot of trust into my Pop Socket. What can I say? I do it for the blog.

It was quite peaceful, save for a child in the gazebo next to us, and a lot of street noise. The indoor rooms are probably quieter due to the whisper policy.

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Sunset at La Paloma

If you’d like to read about my entire 2019 trip to New Mexico, check out these posts:

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One thought on “La Paloma Hot Springs, Truth or Consequences, NM

  1. Hi Heather,
    Thank you for sharing your experience of La Paloma Hot Springs & Spa in Truth or Consequences, NM. You are correct about our pools, since each of our historic bathhouses is over, or nearly the century mark, time has made it’s presence known on our pools. In working with the “living” (or sometimes called “structured”) water found in the pools at La Paloma, we hesitate to change the pool walls. It is a challenge to maintain this sacred and historic property. The portion that you pictured and used are new to us. We acquired this portion of the property in the last few years and are in the process of cleaning it up and dreaming how it will be offered to guests in the future. Because it offers our guests 8 more pools that are natural flow artesian hot spring pools with “living” water we decided it was worth it to offer these for use rather than keep them closed since so many people are seeking these healing waters at La Paloma. What we are learning is that our two bathhouses seem to have the last “living” water in the continental U.S. You have found one of the nation’s secret sweet spots and we are grateful that you were able to experience these precious waters. You may find “living’ water in primitive areas but it appears to have been eliminated by pumps and pipes in other bathhouses. On you next visit, please stop by the office and we would love to share more information about special waters and we can speak out loud in the office. We do make every effort to keep our bathhouses and pools whisper only areas since so many come here for prayers, meditation and reflection.

    Please visit us again and you will see the small but constant work that we are doing so everyone has access. Best wishes and enjoy your journey, so glad we could be a small portion. La Paloma Hot Springs & Spa

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