Border exploring paid off in spades last week when Mr. B.E. and I drove into Truth or Consequences, NM for an overnight at Riverbend Hotsprings. The town sits upon a geothermal aquifer from which ten spas and mineral bath houses draw wonderful, naturally heated mineral water for the kind of baths that the Greek Archimedes would have given his toga for. After some assiduous internet research, we chose Riverbend because of its gem of a location: situated on the bank of the Rio Grande River, at the edge of town.
We arrived earlier than expected, but the hospitable folk at Riverbend said, "Your room is already made up for you!" So we wasted no time in settling ourselves in for a soak in the soothing waters. Five of the eight baths are "public," so we met interesting people and had some delightful conversations with folks from around the country, as well as with some locals. All the bathing you care to indulge in is included in the fee of overnight accommodations at Riverbend. Since we don't like to go out to eat, we opted for an upgraded unit with a complete kitchen. If you have a good heart, read on for the pricetag: All this cost us only $75 dollars, including tax. And had we brought cash along, we could have gotten a $5 discount from that.
We spent a lot of time in the water. Was it our imaginations, or did the minerals make our bodies more buoyant than normal? We both noticed it. The weather was absolutely perfect with Southwest blue skies and cool temps to cool us off when we took a break from the waters.
The stars were wonderful above us at night! And in the chill of the next morning, the steam from the pools beaconed us into their mysterious mists.
Because we were celebrating our 15th anniversary, we indulged for an hour in one of the "private" baths. Clothing is optional in these areas, but that is all I will say on that subject. The photo shows the cascading waters of the bath we selected. Sitting under the splashing waterfall provided a free water massage.
The grounds were immaculate. We were thrilled with our mini-vacation. I could go on and on, but, since other people's vacation slide shows can grind on too long, I will conclude.
But I can't wait to go back.
Here's a glimpse of the private bath we enjoyed that morning: