Some of the most desirable pottery in the World came from this ancient pueblo. The Classic Mimbres pottery tradition is characterized by painted bowls decorated with geometric and figural designs in black on a white ground.
We are located on the famous CDT and see hikers off every spring. Our Oasis is refreshing after your first 100 miles of trail.
Jordan Hot Springs is a hidden treasure in the Gila. To make your way to the springs, a difficult hike is required. There are about five different trails that you can take to reach the springs, but we recommend taking Trail #5, Little Bear Canyon to Jordan Springs. We chose this particular route because the trailhead, TJ Corral, is only about one mile from the Gila Cliff Dwellings parking lot. Since you’re in the area, it only makes sense to enhance your experience with a trip to the cliff dwellings, as well.
The roundtrip to and from Jordan Hot Springs is about 13 miles. The trail begins with one hour of up-hill hiking followed by one hour of down-hill hiking into Little Bear Canyon. Soon after, the canyon intersects with Middlefork of the Gila River. Moving forward, expect about 15 river crossings. Thereafter, follow the Gila River upstream for just under three miles. You may feel the water gradually warming, like a pat on the back for a job well done. After a short uphill hike, Jordan Hot Springs is there to greet you.
Gila Hot Springs Campground is a private business owned by Allen and Carla Campbell. It offers camping and natural hot spring pools beside the Gila River in southwest New Mexico. We are located 40 miles north of Silver City and about 4 miles from the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Our area is surrounded by the Gila Wilderness and the larger Gila National Forest.
US Forest Service kiosk at the trailhead to San Francisco Hot Springs
Of the numerous hot springs that occur throughout the Gila National Forest, the San Francisco Hot Springs group is one of the better known and more easily visited. The springs are located about 8 miles south of Glenwood, New Mexico (about 35 minutes northwest of Casitas de Gila Guesthouses). They are readily accessed from a half-mile long, county-maintained gravel road leading from US Route 180 to the trailhead for the San Francisco Hot Springs Trail. The trail to the hot springs is a 1.5-mile moderately-difficult hiking trail leading down into the magnificent San Francisco River Canyon where the springs are located.