We took a little trip this weekend to get out of town, this time to New Mexico & the Gila Hot Springs. It's located near the Gila Cliff Dwellings, about 40 miles north of Silver City if you take 15 out of town. I don't recommend taking 15, but instead take the (slightly) longer drive through the Mimbres valley, to save wear & tear on your vehicle & nerves. 15 is a shorter drive, but it's 25 mph most of the way due to hills, curves & switch-backs, really nasty. The elevation at the campground is about 6,500', so it's still cool in the evening & mornings.
Prices are reasonable at $6 per person per night, which gives access to the pools. Day use is $5 per person if you just want to stay for a little & take a dip.
The campground only has a about 12 spaces, so it's best to go online & reserve a space. There are three pools which vary from about 101 to 104 degrees, plus there's the "Water Dragon" which has 150 degree potable water for dish washing or tea making. It's a nice quiet place & the owners do a great job. There are no hook-ups, so bring what you need for food & drinks.
We were camped next to the Gila River, so the sound of running water was a nice change from what we have in Tucson all year. It was 95 degrees at home last week....
It's just beginning to bloom & leaf out now, so spring is starting there.
There's a great little breakfast place in Mimbres if you pass by. Excellent food & good prices (the huevos rancheros are $6.75 & plenty filling).
Nice trip for your wish list. Round trip from Tucson was 515 miles the way we did it.