5 stars and the #1 Attraction in Jemez Springs on TripAdvisor.com for 3 years!
Natural Hot Mineral Water Outdoor Soaking Pool
"Your Destination for Relaxation!"
We now have a wonderful misting fan at the hot spring pool to help keep you cool and comfortable! Come and enjoy!
The rich, therapeutic mineral water at The Giggling Springs initiates from deep beneath the Valles Caldera about 17 miles up the mountain. (The Valles Caldera Preserve is an inverted volcano that long ago exploded sending rocks as far away as Kansas!) Ancient sea water, constantly heated by the geothermal activity there, flows down the mountain underground, finding its way to the surface near the river here. It is interesting to note that although there are other hot springs in the Jemez forest, they are from a completely different aquifer that is fed by rainwater, and due to the short time the water spends in the Earth, they contain little to no minerals, making them not nearly as healing and therapeutic as the special water we are blessed with here! See our "Minerals" page for the mineral content.
The property and hot springs pool are located along the Jemez River, in the village of Jemez Springs, New Mexico. The property is the site of the oldest bath house in the area. It was built sometime in the mid to late 1800's, and its weathered, old bones still stand at the end of the driveway hearkening back to a time when people took the stagecoach from Albuquerque to "take the waters" in hopes of healing what ailed them. The stagecoach took the same beautiful drive to get here that you will! Highway 4 is part of the Jemez Mountain Trail, and has been designated both a National and State Scenic and Historical Byway.
The pool near the river was cemented in early 2010 (some photos on this website show the pool before being cemented, and some show what it looks like after), and the natural hot spring pool was originally enclosed with dry stacked natural red rock, in the way of the ancient Anasazi Indians that once roamed this area. Looking up from the pool, you'll see the beautiful cliffs of Virgin Mesa and the clear blue skies that New Mexico is famous for. The 'decking' around the pool is done with flagstone and the landscaping is natural, with sun flowers popping up around the pool in the summer time. Next to the pool are two hand made 'ramadas' (shade structures made out of vigas and latillas), that were built by the owners, including hand carved posts of the tree spirits, carvings of the Runes, (ancient symbols of wisdom), an Aquarius mermaid over the Pisces fish, (marking current time), and the healing symbol of the caduceus, (the entwined serpents). About 20 feet to the south and west of the pool runs the Jemez River, with its softly flowing water sounds lulling you into even deeper relaxation.
The actual pool is approximately 20' x 30' (freeform shape) and is for therapeutic soaking, not for recreational use. The source temperature is 139 degrees F, but the pool is maintained at a comfortable 102-104 degrees. You must be 14 years or older to buy a pass, and swim suits are required. The "not too big" size of the pool naturally limits the number of soakers, so you'll be certain to have plenty of room to yourself in there!
On June 11th, 2010, we installed an Oxygen Inversion System in the pool. It bubbles in the middle of the pool, giving the pool a "Jacuzzi" kind of feeling as it disinfects the pool water continuously, and naturally. This complements our ultraviolet light and ionization systems that also disinfect the water. We do not use chemicals in our pool, so rest assured when you are taking the waters here you are soaking up the healing minerals and not harsh chemicals!
Here at Giggling Springs, we try to do things that are good for both our customers and our planet, such as those mentioned above, as well as installing a geothermal heating system in all of the buildings on the property that uses the heat from the water. For more information on the things we are doing here that help make us a Green Business, see the bottom of this page! We've done some things here that we're pretty excited about!
Gas prices got you down? Share the ride with friends or take the bus! (www.riometro.org for the bus schedule). Pick up at the I-25/550 rail runner station and drops you off one block from our place at the Village Park. Look for Sandoval County Express!
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Read our policies in the "What to Bring" section of the website in order to make your check-in faster when you get here!
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Summertime Hours of Operation: 11 am until 7 pm on Wednesdays thru Sundays. So last 1 hour soak starts at 6 pm.
This is an outdoor pool, so we are also somewhat dependent on weather. We close for Thunderstorms but many pass by quickly.
We are CLOSED on Mondays and all Tuesdays, (and some Holidays, which we will post here).
Reservations are strongly recommended! Space is limited---for your benefit and enjoyment, we limit the number of people in at a time, (unless you are part of a group reservation). Reservations are *required* at or after 6 pm. If there is no one in the pool after 6 pm, and we have no reservations, please be aware that we may close early. However, we will be happy to stay open for you if you let us know you're coming!
Gift Certificates are available! They're great for any occasion, and your friends and family will love you for getting them one...just call us and we'll send it for you!
Reservations & Cancellation Policy: PLEASE READ! Reservations are guaranteed with a Visa or M/C. Please understand that cancellation within 24 hours of your reservation will result in a charge to your card for the full reservation. Groups of 4 or more must cancel 7 days prior to the reservation or be charged for the full reservation cost. We have limited space and turn down other people in order to hold your reservation, so please be on time, and if you have to cancel, be sure and give us the appropriate notice so as not to be charged. Prices subject to change without notification.
News about the old Bath House building on our property: April 2012. The original Bath House of Jemez Springs built in the mid 1800's, and located at The Giggling Springs (end of the driveway) has won a nomination to be put on The Most Endangered Places List for 2012 by The Historical Preservation Alliance! This means the building and its rich history will be exposed to people and organizations that may be interested in preserving the building. (How cool is that!?!) If you are interested in assisting, let us know!
On April 2nd, 2009, we were one of 10 New Mexico businesses to receive The SBA New Mexico Innovative Business Award. We got it because of our use of the geothermal water to heat the buildings on our property. We partnered with Sandia Labs of Albuquerque for the design and technical assistance in figuring out use of temperature, btu's, flow rates, and technology, and had a local contractor, Inside/Outside/Diversified headed by Daniel Froseth and assisted by Ivan Medlin install the systems for us. It was a long and tedious journey, but the system is in place, working and saving us a lot on propane costs! See below for more details on the project, and check out this YouTube video below for pictures of the project and our latest work on the pool!
In September, 2009 we were chosen as one of the Winners of the Office Depot Contest for Small Businesses--"Survival of the Smartest!"
We do not offer accommodations here on the property, but there are several wonderful places to stay in the area. Please go to www.JemezSprings.org for more information on the area and to choose where to stay. If you'd like to be within walking distance of our place, we suggest The Jemez Mountain Inn (next door), www.jemezmtninn.com The Laughing Lizard (across the street), or Casa Blanca (next door).
For recommendations on what to bring, and to review our policies:
If you choose to buy the All Day Pass, you may come and go until 4pm. It's a wonderful place to relax in a hammock near the river with a good book, and if you get hungry, there are restaurants within walking distance. If you need to de-stress, come for an hour... if you REALLY need to de-stress, plan to spend the day! You will most certainly be glad that you did!
Giggling Springs is a four season business, and each season offers its own magical and unique natural attributes. Summer time is always a beautiful time of the year here, but don't forget that Hot Springs are equally, if not more, enjoyable in cool weather! There is nothing like warming yourself in a natural outdoor mineral pool when the snow is falling or the golden autumn leaves are softly wafting from the trees! Spring time is a wonderful time for cleansing, and the hot mineral water will most definitely aid you in any physical and/or spiritual cleansing.
|This is not your typical 'day-spa'. This is a place to be nurtured, rejuvenated and reopened by Mother Nature and the spiritual Elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water. The atmosphere is casual and friendly, and it is easy to lose your cares and concerns while sitting in a floating chair in the spring - watching the clouds in the sky form pictures just for you as a cool breeze brushes over and the sound of the river lulls you into some kind of otherworldly trance-like state. The most common comments from people leaving here are that the place is 'magical' and that they 'just never want to leave'!|
Visit us often and receive the amazing, natural benefits of Mother Nature all year long! The waters are calling you... this is Your Destination for Relaxation!
How To Get Here: From Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, Take I-25 North to 550 NW (exit 242 in Bernalillo) to Hwy 4 North (in San Ysidro). Stay on Hwy 4 until you come to The Village of Jemez Springs. We are located on the west side (left) across from The Laughing Lizard. We have a small driveway that runs along the south side of The Jemez Mountain Inn, and some people find it easy to miss--if you pass The Stage Stop Restaurant and Los Ojos Saloon, you've gone too far! If you are coming from Santa Fe or Taos, the directions are the same, except that you will be on I-25 South to start out.
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Giggling Springs Going Greener! During 2007, and into 2008, we worked with Sandia Labs of Albuquerque, NM to design a heating system for the buildings on our property where we could utilize the geothermal heat from the natural hot water here instead of our propane heaters. Included in that design was a way of using the water to pre-heat the water in all the water heaters, too. The installation of the project ended up costing far more than we had expected, but we finally got them in.
Exciting News! October 6, 2008: We began installing the HEATERS!
October 23, 2008: OK--well THAT was a job! Thank you to Daniel Froseth and Ivan Medlin for their perseverance during the installation. These guys worked really hard, and things didn't always go smoothly, but they did it! We have had the heaters in operation for a few days now and they are working great! It was 32 degrees outside yesterday morning and it was 73 degrees inside in our home! (With no other heating in operation other than the geothermal!) It feeeeeeeeels GOOD!
April 4th, 2009: Just accepted the NMSBA Innovative Business Award for this project! The Award Dinner was held at The Aquarium in Albuquerque, on April 2nd, where the top 10 business projects were awarded for 2008--we were chosen as one of the 10 awarded, out of about 286 businesses! It was truly an honor to be counted among such innovative businesses and to be recognized by State Representatives and legislators, as well as Sandia Labs and Los Alamos National Labs! We had a great time and look forward to many years of clean heat, and saving money on utilities at The Giggling Springs! Thank you so much to all who participated in this, from Sandia Labs and Rich Jepsen, Daniel Froseth and Ivan Medlin! Life is Good! :)
September 18, 2009: We just found out we have been chosen as one of the Winners of the Office Depot Small Business Contest "Survival of the Smartest" and the Prize Award is over $2000 worth of Office Depot gift cards and Tech Support! How cool is that!?! Thank You Office Depot!
Here at Giggling Springs, we try hard to do things that are good for our customers and our planet. We do not use chlorine or chemicals in our pool. Our pool drains to the Jemez River, and chlorine isn't good for the fish, but neither is it good for people!
We use ultraviolet light, high tech ionizers, and an oxygen inversion system to disinfect the water. Rest assured that when you come here to "take the waters" you are soaking up the healing minerals from the water, and not harsh disinfectants!
We have a recycling center set up near the pool where we separate plastic and aluminum from the trash and take it to the recycling center.
Recently, we implemented a geothermal heating system where we are now using the natural Earth-heated water to heat all 4 of the buildings on the property, and also to pre-heat the water in the hot water heaters!
We use energy efficient light bulbs in our buildings, and have motion sensors on the lights in the Shower House so that they are only "on" when someone actually needs them!
As always, we greatly appreciate your support!