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Manby Hot Springs

El Prado, New Mexico

based on 4 reviews



1.5 miles

Elevation Gain

300 ft

Route Type



Added by Connor Bruson

A quick hike down into the Rio Grande Gorge just outside of Taos, NM will reward you with a riverside soak in Manby Hot Springs.

NOTE: The Hot Springs are on private property and are no longer accessible to the public. 

The Basics:

Hot springs abound in the Taos area. From the all-inclusive (and expensive) Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort to free, primitive hot springs like this one or neighboring Black Rock Hot Springs just to the north, there is no lack of hot water if you're looking for a nice soak. Like most natural hot springs, clothing is optional at Manby hot springs. This can present some awkward situations if you aren't down for nudity, or if you're bringing children here. Manby's main hot pool can fit about a dozen people, so it is pretty close-quarters. Be prepared.

From Highway 522 N at mile 5.3 turn west onto County Road B007. After ~2.5 miles and turn left onto another dirt road just before B007 makes a hard right. Go slow and preferably in a high-clearance vehicle. Go past the "Dobson House" sign and take the next left fork. Stay to your right until you reach the large parking lot(s) for the Manby Hot Springs. Once you park, on the left side of the parking area, take a dirt/ rock path to the river, a 15-20 minute walk. 

The Hike & Hot Springs:

The hike takes you downward into the Rio Grande Gorge to the riverside hot springs. As shown by picture 3, the hike gets fairly rocky in spots. It is only about half to three-quarters of a mile one-way. However, a sturdy hiking sandal is the perfect shoe for the job, like Chacos, Tevas, or Keens. They will also come in handy to wear while in the hot springs. 

Once down to the river, you will find 2 main pools. The pool on the left is about 90 degrees. The main hot pool to the right (behind the old building ruins) is about 97 degrees. 

The Area

Just north along the Rio Grande river is another primitive hot springs named Black Rock. Also, the Rio Grande River Gorge Bridge is just a few miles further down Hwy 64. It is definitely worth a stop for some photos if you're in this area. Refuel with some delicious, authentic New Mexican food at La Cueva in the center of Taos. Extend your Taos trip with an overnight stay in a vintage trailer. We stayed in Amy's Yellow Submarine, and it was the highlight of our trip! Other hikes in the area include Devisadero Peak or New Mexico's highest point, Wheeler Peak.

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Manby Hot Springs Reviews

I have been to Manby before and while visiting Taos lately, the BLM has erected signs closing access from B007. Evidently, there is no legal access via the land at the top of the gorge. There are BLM signs stating as much. Other sites state that the area above Manby has been trashed and the BLM is trying to restore the area by enforcing the only legal access to the area via hiking in from John Dunn bridge.

I have been a resident of Taos for 29 years and someone needs to sue the seller of Manby Hot Springs. It is public land and was designated as part of the Rio Grande Del Norte Historical monuments.

Manby HS. My first visit was amazing. We hiked down at night. The trail was icy and it was a slow go. There wasn’t anyone else there so we had the pools to ourselves. It was a moonless night and the stars were spectacular. The second trip was a totally different experience. It was a weekend daytime trip and we were able to admire the scenery. We also saw some big horn sheep. However, The pools were a nightmare. Full of people - couldn’t hardly find a place to sit down. People had dogs who were jumping into the pools. I love dogs but not in the pools with me. We stayed only a short time before we left. We passed several more groups walking down while we were leaving. I wouldn’t recommend a visit on a weekend. Too crowded!!!

The trail is fairly easy to get to, just make sure you pay attention to the directions in the description, there isn't a street sign on Tune Dr. I'd recommend getting there early, we showed up at about 11 and there was one group hiking back, we had the area to ourselves for about 30 minutes and then about 15-20 people showed up after that. It's worth the trip if you are in the area.

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