Lobsters are among the most relaxed of crustaceans, enjoying the thrill of a hot bubbling bath before undergoing a relaxing fork-and-knife acupuncture treatment. Soak your own shell with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a one-hour private pool pass for two people to Riverbend Hot Springs (up to a $30 value: $15 per hour for adults, $5 per hour for children aged 3–12), located in Truth or Consequences. Riverbend claims its clean, private pools offer the only open-air hot springs on the banks of the Rio Grande River.
The mineral-rich hot springs at Riverbend flow from a geothermal aquifer located beneath the earth, an extraordinary natural occurrence that is said to place these springs in the top 10 around the world for mineral content. Soak away pain, detoxify aching globules, and melt stress off like a marshmallow in a funeral pyre with a peaceful dip in one of Riverbend Hot Springs' three private pools. The Cielo pool, with a temperature floating between 105 and 106 degrees, sits high on the land, shaded from the sun and exposed to breath-teasing views of Turtleback Mountain. Cielo's little brother Rio is tranquil and positioned directly above the river, with a temperature of a balmy 107–108 degrees. The third pool, Tierra, boasts a large deck, 106- to 107-degree water, and an ambient waterfall for ample rubber-ducking.
Though not included in the Groupon, there are also accommodations if you wish to make this destination excursion an overnight stay, with massage therapists also on hand to knead away knotted noodles and manually evict cricks from the body's crawlspaces. Call at least 24 hours ahead to schedule your private pool appointment with Riverbed Hot Springs.
- All the tubs at the bathhouse and spa are located right on the Rio Grande with sweeping views of Turtleback Mountain…Private tubs… are a treat and a bargain. – Fodor's
- The staff are all courteous, friendly, and helpful. This is a definite repeat -- only next time, for two or three days! – RwellsReed, TripAdvisor
Riverbend Hot Springs
Nestled between the Rio Grande and Turtleback Mountain, Riverbend Hot Springs is home to a collection of open-air geothermal pools that draw their high mineral content from the surrounding rock. Five brick-enclosed public pools cascade into one another, ranging in temperature from 100 to 108 degrees. Private pools steam within fenced-in terraces overlooking the river and mountains. They indulge couples and groups with features such as shoulder-massaging waterfalls and decks on which to cool off and count goose bumps.