Posts Tagged ‘hot springs’

Gila Cliff Dwellings in Silver City

January 2nd, 2010
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Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument offers a glimpse of the homes and lives of the people of the Mogollon culture who lived in the Gila Wilderness from the 1280s through the early 1300s. The surroundings probably look today very much like they did when the cliff dwellings were inhabited. The monument is surrounded by the Gila National Forest and lies at the edge of the Gila Wilderness, the nation’s first designated wilderness area.

This designation means that the wilderness character of the area will not be altered by roads or other evidence of human presence. Hiking in the Gila and Aldo Leopold Wilderness areas is a popular activity in the area. There are also several popular hot springs nearby. The closest, Lightfeather, is a twenty-minute walk from the Visitor Center. The most popular is Jordan, a 6- or 8-mile hike from the Visitor Center, depending upon the trailhead used.

Read more about the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.

Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa

November 4th, 2009

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Built in 1929, Sierra Grande Lodge is on the National Register of Historic Places. The transformations it has undergone in the many years since its origination as the first bathhouse have been extensive and varied. The Vera Hotel has undergone many transformations since it was floated down the Rio Grande from Elephant Butte to perch high above the town of Truth or Consequences. The Vera Hotel now serves as our conference & meeting facility purchased in 1991 by Serge & Guy Raoul, of Raouls Restaurant in NYC.

Serge discovered the area through friend and local artist, Delmas Howe, and was deeply moved by the power of the water, earth and spirits of the region. He wanted to honor these, while re-establishing the tradition of healing, transformation and self-discovery. Sierra Grande Lodge, as the original bathhouse, tapping the source of the geothermal water was his natural choice to establish such a place. The transformations and renovations have been extensive and on many levels. Even if you are just passing through we encourage you to stop in for a tour and of course a soak in the magical Hot Spring water.

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa

July 30th, 2009
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In this video, Travel Guide NEW MEXICO visits Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa. Deemed sacred by indigenous Native Americans of Northern New Mexico, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa has been a gathering place and a source of healing for hundreds, even thousands of years. Come retreat to our secluded refuge. Relax with a massage and our signature Milagro Wrap. Rejuvenate in our legendary waters.

Steeped in myth and legend, the Ojo Caliente ancient springs have been a gathering place and source of healing for hundreds, even thousands of years. The use of the waters can be traced back to the earliest human settlements in the region. Ancient people, believed to be the ancestors of todays Native American Tewa tribes, built large pueblos and terraced gardens overlooking the springs. Posi, or Poseuinge, “village at the place of the green bubbling hot springs” was home to thousands of people.

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa was recently listed in the “Top 10 Best Hot Springs Spas in the World” by SpaFinder magazine, chosen from among 70,000 spas worldwide. The Santa Fe Reporter named Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa one of the top 3 places for a massage. Not only is Ojo Caliente one of the best resorts and spas anywhere, it is also deeply committed to sustainability and water conservation.

Elephant Butte – A Recreational Paradise

July 18th, 2009

City, lake, state park, reservoir, and a geologic landmark: they all spell FUN. Located just off I-25 South, this multi-purpose outdoor area is home to New Mexico’s largest waterway, Elephant Butte Lake State Park. Thousands of people flock to Elephant Butte annually to enjoy the lake’s offerings such as boating, water sports, camping, windsurfing, scuba diving, swimming, fishing, bird watching and a variety of great events.

Elephant Butte is named after a geologic formation bearing the shape of an elephant. The famous landmark is an island in the lake located near the dam. The City of Elephant Butte offers travelers and water lovers a variety of options including motels, restaurants, fishing and boating services and campgrounds.

Natural hot mineral springs abound in nearby Truth or Consequences, offering up healing waters and relaxation in many mineral pools and spas. Wildlife areas with birding trails provide aviary viewing opportunities, and several golf courses provide additional sporting options. Set on the northern edge of the Chihuahuan desert, with warm temperatures, Elephant Butte provides year-round recreational opportunities to adventure seekers of all ages and interests.

For more information about Elephant Butte, New Mexico, visit the Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce.

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