Off The Beaten Path-Ojo Caliente Resort and Spa

The last few weeks I have been working straight through. Woot, overtime! But with working so much and still writing and publishing my 2 new books came the dreaded sickness. I called it the forever respiratory virus from hell. I am not the only one who picked it up, my son did, my husband did, and half of the community did. This sickness lasts 3 weeks to a month/ or at least the cough does. Yuk! I was bound and determined to get better sooner, I still needed to work and probably have a little ADHD because I don’t like down days unless I decide to take them.

Having some extra cash and needing some wellness time for myself I decided to take a drive to Ojo Caliente Spa and Resort. Their springs have been there since the dawn of time and I have never visited until a few days ago. I have wanted to visit for years now. These are some reasons why:

All of the Springs and the Spa are a Whisper Zone so that guests can have a quiet peaceful experience at this unique retreat.


Located at the heart of the springs, the historic pump has been dispensing this unique water since the nineteenth century. Lithia is believed to relieve depression and aid digestion. Regretfully, the Lithia Pump is out-of-service. We have plans to build a Lithia Pool in the near future.
(Which is too bad- I was looking forward to sitting in this one and so was my husband)


A Native American legend tells that the giant rock in the iron pool guards the place where the ancient people of the mesa once received food and water during times of famine. The warm, iron-rich water bubbles up from the natural pebble floor, providing hot spots to discover in this mystical outdoor cliffside pool. Iron is considered to be beneficial to the blood and immune system.


The rock walls in the enclosed Soda “steam” pool create a soft echo providing a sense of calm and relaxation. Water from the Soda Spring is said to have been used to relieve digestive problems.


The arsenic water is believed to be beneficial for relief from arthritis, stomach ulcers and to heal a variety of skin conditions. Water from the iron and arsenic springs is blended in various pools throughout the property.

Pools are open from 8 am to 10 pm daily. 


The Mud Pool is open seasonally, May – October, weather permitting.

Here, our 13 and over guests get a chance to be a kid again. Where else can you slather mud all over your body and bake in the sun until done. As our special blend of clay dries, toxins are released from the pores of your skin and you come away feeling cleansed and refreshed. The mud pool is open seasonally from May through October, 8am – 8pm weather permitting.

(Really wanted to do this one but forgot we were still in April)

They also have a Steam Room and Sauna!

I arrived after 6pm (it’s cheaper to go in then, $15 a person:)) and I wish I had gotten some pictures because the landscape by some of these pools is gorgeous. I visited the Iron Spring, Arsenic Spring, Soda Spring, and Sauna. What a great night.

The Iron Spring was exactly what I needed. I made sure to dip my head, covering my ears in it for at least a good 15 minutes and wished I could have done the same for my sinuses. I could feel the iron waters clear up the congestion in my ears and lungs. I sat in each spring for a good half an hour or longer and it even rained on us, which is not normal for New Mexico in the spring.

The next day I did feel a little strange, probably from the detox, but since then I have felt like a brand new person. Ojo Caliente was worth the visit and next time I feel like I’m getting sick thats the first place I’m going to go (if I remember).

New Mexico has so many great places to visit:)

Author: lynnthompsonbooks

Lynn Thompson’s home is in the Land of Enchantment, and, yes, the land is enchanting. The skies are blue, the stars are bright., and there are beautiful panoramic landscapes surrounding her hometown. Lynn wades through the craziness of life to follow her true passion, writing fiction. You can find her, or not, trekking through the mountains, searching for fairies and vortexes, keeping her eye out for anything paranormal, or sitting in the hot springs in her spare time. Lynn doesn’t have a specific genre she writes in. Characters have a way of leading her stories. She follows. Lynn is also a sponge when it comes to knowledge. She’s always on the move to continue her education in writing, marketing, social media, digital media, and hopes to find the extra time to add some criminal investigation classes to her repertoire. Lynn has three novels out: Blake, Sterling, and Tarnished Gold. Blake is the beginning of Montana’s story. Her need for seclusion, at least, for one winter. She does not get what she wants. There is someone or something in the mountains stalking her, people keep showing up on her doorstep, and she meets Max. Max knows what is hunting Montana, but won’t tell her. Montana’s lack of trust in Max drives her to fix her own problems. If she had known what she’d be confronting that night, she never would have sedated Max. Sterling is the second novel in the Montana Dayton series. Montana moves to Florida hoping to escape her old life, and regain her normal life back, but her past has come back to haunt her. Not only does she start losing time, she continues to wake up every morning wearing gorgeous jewels and is surrounded by precious gems. She never remembers where, or who she’s getting the glittery baubles from and is hell bent to get back her memories and return the jewels. Afraid she has been out robbing houses in the middle of the night, she is determined to figure out what is happening on her own. That is until the dreams and the strong pull to explore the gulf. When she finally realizes she needs help, she is powerless to get it. Tarnished Gold is Sam’s story and will be coming out around the new year. Sam first appeared in Sterling and demanded her own novel. Lynn has bowed to Sam’s wishes and is writing that story now. Lynn is also the proud owner of: Dark Fates. Eight short stories that are fun, but still on the dark side. Dark Fates-Madness. Four dark short stories. News Worthy. News Worthy stands alone with five short stories. Watching the news first thing in the morning may not be fun, but dissecting news clips and re-writing them into short stories that had a different ending was a blast! Dark Fates Collections is compiled of Dark Fates, Dark Fates-Madness, News Worthy, and features Karma Shay’s adventures. Visit Lynn at: Website: Twitter: @lynnthompson8 Facebook: Goodreads:

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