riverbend hot springs patio

T or C Hot Springs

blackstone wet room steam and hot springs

Since before recorded history, the therapeutic benefits of the hot springs in this area have drawn people here.

The hot thermal water flows out of a rift along the Rio Grande that appeared more than 50 million years ago. The rift uplifted Truth or Consequences’ landmark hill, and faults along the rift allow deep groundwater to flow freely to the surface without losing heat or minerals—producing pristine waters with temperatures ranging from 98 to 115 degrees, with trace elements of 38 different minerals. The pH of the water is 7, or neutral.

With almost 2,700 parts per million of assorted minerals, these thermal springs constitute some of the most heavily mineralized water in the United States. The continually flowing waters also have two important and unique features:

— The water has no unpleasant odor.
— The single largest ingredient in the water is chloride, a naturally occurring germ killer that sterilizes the skin and ensures the purity of the water.

Commercial Spas

Blackstone Hotsprings - Golden Girls bath with king bed in the background.
in-room springs, outdoor baths, soak by appointment, walk-ins
in-room springs, outdoor baths, soak by appointment, walk-ins

Blackstone Hotsprings

410 Austin
Truth or Consequences
Open to walk-ins from 9am-9pm daily. Call ahead to book the Wet Room or one of the 3 outdoor baths.
Charles Hot Spring Resort - Truth or Consequences NM.
outdoor baths, soak by appointment, spa services onsite, walk-ins
outdoor baths, soak by appointment, spa services onsite, walk-ins

Charles Motel & Hotsprings

601 Broadway
Truth or Consequences
Baths at The Charles are open to walk-ins from 8am-10pm. Punch cards are available; buy in bulk and save $1 per soak.
Fire Water Lodge and Baths in Truth or Consequences NM.
baths for lodgers only, in-room springs, outdoor baths, spa services onsite
baths for lodgers only, in-room springs, outdoor baths, spa services onsite

Fire Water Lodge

311 Broadway
Truth or Consequences
Fire Water offers free private baths for lodgers only.
hoosier hot springs truth or consequences
outdoor baths, soak by appointment, walk-ins
outdoor baths, soak by appointment, walk-ins

Hoosier Hot Springs

516 Austin
Truth or Consequences
Advance reservations are suggested; book on the website, or call 575-740-8959 to reserve a soak. Walk-ins are welcome, based on availability.
hot springs glamp camp
baths for lodgers only, outdoor baths
baths for lodgers only, outdoor baths

Hot Springs Glamp Camp

675 S. Foch
Truth or Consequences
Baths at Hot Springs Glamp Camp are available for guests only.
truth or consequences nm indian springs hot springs sign
artesian springs, walk-ins only
artesian springs, walk-ins only

Indian Springs

218 Austin Street
Truth or Consequences
Walk-ins are welcome at Indian Springs on a first-come/first-served basis. Stop by between 8am and 9pm daily!
la paloma hot springs and spa
artesian springs, baths for lodgers only
artesian springs, baths for lodgers only

La Paloma Hot Springs

311 Marr
Truth or Consequences
La Paloma offers private baths for lodgers only.
private bath at la paloma too formerly hay o kay
artesian springs, soak by appointment
artesian springs, soak by appointment

La Paloma Too

300 Austin
Truth or Consequences
Call to during spa hours, normally 10am-10pm daily, dependent on staffing.
red concrete bath at pelican spa
soak by appointment, walk-ins
soak by appointment, walk-ins

Pelican Spa

306 S. Pershing
Truth or Consequences
Open to walk-ins Sunday through Thursday from 9am-9pm daily.
Riverbend Hot Springs in Truth or Consequences.
outdoor baths, soak by appointment, walk-ins
outdoor baths, soak by appointment, walk-ins

Riverbend Hot Springs

100 Austin
Truth or Consequences
Walk-ins are welcome during business hours, 8am-10pm, with the last soak at 9pm.
outdoor baths, soak by appointment, spa services onsite, walk-ins
outdoor baths, soak by appointment, spa services onsite, walk-ins

Sierra Grande

501 McAdoo
Truth or Consequences
Appointments for hot spring soaks and various spa treatments can be booked in the lobby.
map hot springs truth or consequences spa and commercial district

History of the Hot Springs as a Destination

early Hot Springs New Mexico - Tumble Inn

Downtown Truth or Consequences sits atop a large natural aquifer that produces somewhat salty, odorless water ranging in temperature from 100-115 degrees Fahrenheit. Were the city (and nearby Elephant Butte Dam) not here, the downtown area would be a swampy basin of warm mud, subject to seasonal flooding from the Rio Grande.

21 soaks in the hot springs of truth or consequences
Since the ‘40s it’s been advertised that soaking daily for 21 days in our springs may “Cure
“Whatever Ails You”
During the late 1800s, while neighboring locations like Kingston and Chloride were experiencing the Gold and Silver Rush, the hot springs were visited by more and more people and the area became known as “Palomas Hot Springs.” The first generation of bath houses were actually tents, and a soak entailed laying in the hot mud and slathering it all over oneself; doing so was thought to cure rheumatism.
historic brochures from Hot Springs NM, City of Health.

The event that changed the area forever was the construction of Elephant Butte Dam between 1911 and 1916. Liquor and gambling were outlawed at the construction site, but establishments in the hot springs settlement five miles away offered both – and in abundance. The population grew rapidly and the town was incorporated in 1916.

Once the dam was completed, the flow of the river was altered such that more land could be claimed from the flood plain, allowing for stick frame bathhouses to be built in what had been swamp. Wells were sunk into the aquifer, allowing clear spring water to flow. The town developed as a health resort; hot mineral water was an accepted medical treatment, and slogans like “City of Health” and “Health Capital of the Southwest” drew visitors and healers alike.

Over the course of the 20th century, the town’s name was changed first to Hot Springs, then famously to Truth or Consequences. Some say that last change caused the mineral baths to be forgotten, but today the hot springs are one of the primary draws to Sierra County.

Truth or Consequences Mineral Water Analysis

Mineral content in truth or consequences' hot springs.