Hot springs in the United States
My name is Mike. I am a hot springs junkie. I don't want to recover. If you feel the same way, check out these locations. The excellent books Hot Springs & Hot Pools of the Southwest and Hot Springs & Hot Pools of the Northwest, by Marjorie Gersh-Young has them all. You can order it from Marjorie at 831-426-2956 or at www.hotpools.com.
I just read her latest editon for 2011. It is once again a fantastic job of updating. By all means, get this book! If you are just going to northern Baja, she covers the hot springs there and I don't. So get her book and not mine for that. I concentrate on colonial Mexico. Tell her "Mexico" Mike sent you. I don't make any money from this, but am keeping up a friendship, which is more valuable than money in Mikey's world.
If you'd like my book on Mexican hot springs, act fast! It's out of print and I have a few left. Spas & Hot Springs of Mexico sells for $70 on Amazon. I sell it for $25 with shipping. See samples or just order it from my store.
I'll make a link here for any hot spring in the U.S. Just contact me.
http://www.el-dorado.com/index.html El Dorado Hot Springs, Tonopah, AZ. Run by my old friends and soaking buddies, Camilla Van Sickle, Bill Pennington. Absolutely a life-saver if you are driving from LA to the East on IH-10, forty miles west of Phoenix, or seventy-five miles east of Quartzsite, leave I-10 at Tonopah / Exit 94; go South on 411th Avenue. On the right is a Texaco Star Mart on the Northwest corner of 411th and Indian School Road. Turn right on Indian School Road and go 760 FEET West, 1.5 TENTH of a mile. El Dorado is on the Left (South) side of the road at number 41225. It's surrounded by ever-growing bamboo. 150 feet off the pavement is a small square of stockade fencing.
Truth or Consequences, NM
http://www.nmhotsprings.com Riverbend Hot Springs. Ok, maybe I have two favorites! Since the original owners, Serena and Ezy have moved into semi-retirement, their son, Jake, has taken over. He's a really nice guy and continues the tradition of a family-run retreat. (That said, most hot springs devotees know this, but I should point out that clothing is optional in the soaking area).
Riverbend Hot Springs is reasonably-priced. Very nice atmosphere on the river. Very nice. I uncharacteristically waxed poetic about it, so the waters may have some special properties. I said:
This is my first time back here in nine years. When I lived in Las Cruces, I stayed here a couple of times on short getaway trips. It was lovely then, and it is far and away even more lovely now. T or C, and better yet, Riverbend Hot Springs, is the place to get away and relax and rejuvenate. A lot of collective love has been put into this place. There are signs and clues of love, contemplation and joy everywhere I look. The tubs are terrific, the facility is clean, well kept, and peaceful. And, the river's beauty certainly tops it all off to create more delight. Thanks so much!