Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa continues sixth year of offering “Ski & Soak” Special” to snow enthusiasts
By Yvonne Pesquera
Skiers and snowboarders often claim that there is nothing better than a day on the slopes. That is until the lifts close and you head to Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa. Then suddenly your “best day ever” just got better.
It is common for snow enthusiasts to end their day with a dip in a hot tub –– but those are generally chemical-ridden. Ojo Caliente (“hot eye”) boasts four different types of sulphur-free, geothermal mineral waters that have flowed from a subterranean volcanic aquifer for thousands of years. In fact, Ojo Caliente is the only hot springs in the world with four different types of mineral water including lithia, iron, soda and arsenic. The layout of the property is spacious. Eleven pools are filled with different types and combinations of waters with temperatures ranging from 80-109 degrees.
Ojo Caliente has been offering its “Ski & Soak Special” since Winter 2010-2011. Skiers can bring their lift tickets or season passes from any New Mexico ski resort and receive either 20 percent off entry to the mineral springs, or 20 percent off any room for an overnight stay. The offer excludes holiday periods. Contact the resort for other terms and conditions.
Marketing director Wendi Gelfound says, “This offer is very popular at Ojo, especially for ‘aprés ski’ from Taos Ski Valley. Skiers tell us they love to ‘defrost their bones’ in the steamy, soothing hot springs after a day on the slopes. We designed the special to begin on December 1st after the ski season begins at all New Mexico ski resorts. We extend the special through April 30 so ski patrols and staff of New Mexico ski resorts can enjoy this offer after the ski season ends.”
For those skiers and snowboarders staying in Taos, Ojo Caliente is only 37 miles south of town. The drive on U.S. Highway 64 over the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is spectacular. The West Rim Road is paved and the drive is smooth –– though Gelfound says, “Watch out for runaway cows at night!”
Day-trippers returning to points south (such Santa Fe or Albuquerque) are encouraged to take this “new way back home” via U.S Highway 285 –– off which Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa is located. “Rather than driving through the stop-and-go traffic lights through the middle of Taos, take the beautiful and relaxing drive via Highway 285 without the hassle and pop in for a soak at Ojo along the way,” says Gelfound.
Ojo Caliente is a full-service spa destination. Accommodations range from the historic hotel to cottages and suites. So if there is someone in your party who doesn’t ski or snowboard, you may want to consider just booking your lodging at Ojo. After all, your non-skiing friend will not be bored. There is hiking, biking, birding and yoga on site, as well as spa treatments for the body and mind. The dining at the Artesian Restaurant is sumptuous in a casual yet charming atmosphere.
A visit to Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa is an unforgettable experience and its natural setting against the desert cliffs is incomparable. Ojo Caliente, which opened to the public in 1868, is more than an “old” springs, it is an ancient springs. Ojo Caliente has been a gathering place and a source of healing for thousands of years. The use of its waters can be traced back to the earliest human migrations in the region. The ancestors of today’s Native American Tewa tribes built large pueblos and terraced gardens overlooking the springs. Surrounding the more than 100,000 gallons of percolating waters that rise to the surface are excavated ruins of the pueblos. Posi or Poseouinge, “village at the place of the green bubbling hot springs” was the largest of four pueblos that encircled the springs and was home to thousands of people.
Plan your visit:
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa
50 Los Banos Drive, Highway 414
Ojo Caliente, NM 87549