Andrew Gulliford

Some like it hot: Soaking at New Mexico's Ojo Caliente

On frigid winter days with long winter nights, there's nothing like a soak in a natural hot springs and one of the most historic in the Southwest is at Ojo Caliente, New Mexico.

Pioneering Hispanic settlers called springs ojos, or eyes, because eyes water or tear up so Ojo Caliente literally translates as “warm eye.”...

Andrew Gulliford is a professor of Southwest Studies and History at Fort Lewis College. E-mail him at

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