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2012-07-22  
Ojo Caliente (Warm Springs), NM
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Ojo Caliente (Warm Springs), NM 
Ojo Caliente (Warm Springs), NM
 
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After camping at Datil Well, I backtracked east on US60 to the VLA, then headed south on NM52. Followed this road for many miles past Dusty to the turnoff to Monticello Box (FR140). This road basically follows Alamosa Creek for about 17 miles all the way to the town of Monticello. By staying on the primitive road in the creek bed, you will soon encounter boggy areas with water. This is part of the complex of seeps and springs known as Ojo Caliente or Warm Springs. The main spring flow enters Alamosa Creek from the north just before it drops into the narrows of Monticello Box. By following the flow uphill in Spring Canyon for about 1/4 mile you will arrive at the main emergence point. There is lush vegetation along the way and the overgrowth hides the spot. Just past this point, Spring Canyon is again dry, except during rains. There are some nice pools built up here for those that might want to soak in the water.

My goal on this part of my trip was to locate the crumbling walls of the old 1870's Ojo Caliente Military Post and hike to the springs, before driving down through the Box to Monticello. I was successful on all counts and had a wonderful day exploring! :D

What is left of the old army post is on a terrace on the south side of Alamosa Creek, directly across from the springs. For a time this post was also the location of the Warm Springs Apache Reservation, which was abandoned by 1882.

It was fun walking in the warm water to and from the springs:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc_sP9mO5hY

http://southernnewmexico.com/Articles/S ... iente.html

This is a wonderful area. Much of it is on private property, so hopefully everyone who goes there will treat it with respect.
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There is a huge amount of water constantly flowing from the earth here and emptying into Alamosa Creek as it flows into Monticello Box. It is not a hot spring, but warm, with water temperatures probably in the 80 degree range.
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