New Mexico

La Paloma Hot Springs & Spa (Truth or Consequences) - Hot Springs in New Mexico


Not even plumbing is needed to drain the thermal water that naturally gushes from the bottom of the pools

A hole in the wall does the job.

Historic ditch

Walking through the historic district of Truth or Consequences, I found a ditch that diagonally intersects the grid of streets.

There were no recognizable signs, but the ditch was a landmark structure built in 1916 when the town was known as Hot Springs.

Ditch 01

The ditching of the wetlands along the Rio Grande facilitated the drainage of thermal water and led to the establishment of a number of bathhouses in the area.

Hold on to the rope

Signboard 02

La Paloma Hot Springs is a hot springs inn located along this ditch that also accepts walk-in.

Outside 01

It was once Marshall Miracle Pools, a motel built in 1935.

Entrance 01

The old building was still intact, but it had been renovated to create an atmosphere that could be recommended for those who value spirituality.

Courtyard 01

Courtyard facing the inverted L-shaped motel building.

Bathhouse 01

Inside the bathhouse at the northwest, there was a distinctly peaceful atmosphere.

Foot Tub 01

Interesting footbath in the lobby.

Foot Tub 02

Clothing is optional for the private pools, which are available in 30-minute or hourly increments.

Private pools of various sizes were sunk into the ground, with water gushing out of the gravel bottom.

Water Temp 01

With few windows, the room tends to be oppressive, but the pattern on the wall was a good accent.

Indoor Bath 01

Since the water temp was natural, it varied considerably from 97 to 106 degrees F, depending on the pools.

In fact, there has been a lawsuit regarding drowning while soaking.

I dare say.
Are you okay?
Indoor Bath 02

Four deaths have been confirmed in five years, which is quite intense.

The lawsuit seems to argue that pools with water over 104 degrees F are in violation of national and state safety standards, but the facility counters that it cannot lower the temperature of the natural hot springs.

Indoor Bath 04

While it is an unfortunate incident, I basically agree with Las Palmas.

It is the ultimate minimalist spa, with the geothermal water gushing out of the ground by natural forces alone and falling through a hole in the wall to the outside of the building.

Indoor Bath 03

Its historical value and pure soaking experience are irreplaceable.

If you feel you are about to drown, hold on to the rope suspended from the ceiling.


La Paloma Hot Springs & Spa, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, U.S.

My rating

Type: Walk-in, Lodging

Rule: Private pool, Clothing required

Chemical use: Not detected

Water temp: Up to 106 degrees F

Official website

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Hot Springer Ken

A hot spring enthusiast based in Japan. Toured over 300 North American hot springs while working in Texas from 2016 to 2022. For updates, visit X or Instagram!

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