You will however be confronted with extremely crowded and noisy 'Beach Party' pools if you choose to visit after 10:30AM. WARNING: Go between 8-10:30AM or you will no longer find Ojo Relaxing and Tranquil as they promote it.
There are also a few well-marked hiking trails around the Ojo Caliente Resort. Ask at the front desk for a map, unfortunately most of the staff is unfamiliar with the hikes! I'm told privately by staff members, that they have never done any of the hikes. I highly recommend hiking to the Mica Mines, begin at the northern end of the parking area (furthest parking area from the resort buildings, look for the water tower and head up towards it) walk up a very rocky rutted road, at the top you’ll see signage to which way the trail runs. There are well placed signs and Rock Cairns (basically piles of rocks) along trails to help guide you.
The other beginning point (between the Hot Springs and the Restaurant Lodge) is much more of a scramble. Bring bottled water with you and bring a camera, your cell phone may not have reception. Although I do not remember ever seeing Petroglyphs anywhere around Ojo, I’m certain they exist, the logo itself is one depicting the Spring.
The Mica Mine trail is about 2.5 miles (5 miles round trip). You’re close when you begin to see the rocks on the trail change to a peach color.
A few of the Ojo product lines, creams and shampoos, use this mica in their formulations. Mica is also used in the local Pottery, it creates a way for the pot to expand and contract in the heat of an oven or stove top. Micaceous potter is a wonderful cooking tool, pots are available at the Ojo Gift Shop.
PERHAPS some form of soft music may help cut down on the chitter chatter of the guests which does get loud, it has become louder and louder.
Another alternative to keep noise levels down would be the addition of false Lily Pads floating in each pool printed with simple phrases such as "Whisper Please" "Tranquility" or "Silence". It might help and would NOT need a shorthanded staff to walk around with signs.
The hot springs and water in the rivers around New Mexico can contain the parasite Giardia. At Ojo you will not be subject to this risk. There is however a great deal of floating oil slick type stuff on the surface from people using sunscreens.
An example of a recent visit and how disconcertingly not relaxing the iron pool was is this. As I was soaking a group of people entered, soon one of them began proselytizing his philosophy of life for all to hear. Disconcerting at best, annoyingly self indulgent. As one fellow entered the Hottest of the pools he immediately announced LOUDLY that it was Hot and that the water seemed a bit low. I whispered to him that there was no need for such obvious statements. He then sat down next to me, and moved closer in an attempt to passively aggressively intimidate me into leaving. Eventually he moved to the opposite side of the pool to be with his partner. A woman in the pool opposite me, looked up and winked at me. She was having a peaceful moment and appreciated that I'd asked the fellow to be quiet and was taking no part of his intimidation tactics. I could go on with the other examples of the rudeness factor at Ojo, I shall not (for now).
A visit to Ojo Calienate Mineral Springs is no longer a Tranquil experience as advertised. It is now a beach party, an expensive one at that. I have updated this blog in hopes that it gives visitors a perspective and perhaps keeps a few visitors from being loud at Ojo and HOPEFULLY that Ojo stops making excuses. There is actually an enormous staff and they are rarely shorthanded. An underpaid staff and a disengaged staff is not doing Ojo any favors in my very vocal opinion.