Faywood Hot Springs is a high desert oasis with many natural geothermal pools for those who wish to partake of healthful, rejuvenating mineral water to soothe the body and soul. Enjoy our comfortable cabins, camping, hiking, bird watching, star-gazing, and peaceful solitude. Located midway between Silver City and Deming, we provide an ideal base for exploring southwestern New Mexico's vast Gila Wilderness and high Chihuahuan Desert. Visit the cultural, historical and natural wonders of our region, then return to relax in soothing, natural mineral water pools.
A Long History, Condensed
Faywood Hot Springs is a unique natural geothermal resource and a true desert oasis. The 137 degree F water flows from the top of a tufa dome, 5020' above sea level. Over eons, this dome was created by flowing mineral waters deposited on the nearly flat desert floor. This unusual geological phenomenon is a remnant of violent volcanic episodes occurring 20-45 million years ago, when nearby City of Rocks State Park was formed. Prehistoric peoples, explorers, travelers, soldiers, miners, a professional baseball team and visitors from around the world have found respite at Faywood Hot Springs.
To native Americans, this was a sacred healing place. Circular depressions (mortar holes) in the tufa dome suggest very early use of the springs by these peoples. Pottery and other artifacts found nearby indicate that the Mimbres people knew of these waters, as did the later Apaches. Northbound Spanish explorers in the mid-1500s were probably the first western visitors at the springs. In the mid-1800s several stage lines stopped at the hot springs long enough for passengers to bathe. Later it became a well-known stop for travelers on the westward migration to California. Colonel Richard Hudson visited the hot springs in 1870 to seek relief from gout. His speedy recovery was so remarkable that he decided to purchase the property and share the waters with others suffering from various ailments.
The fifty-room Hudson Hotel was built in 1876 (serving as a stop for the stage route from Mesilla to Silver City). Unfortunately, the hotel was completely destroyed by fire in 1892. In 1894, Andrew Graham purchased the hot springs property and constructed Casa de Consuelo (House of Comfort), a sixty-room hotel which was reputed to be the most luxurious in the New Mexico Territory. At the turn of the century, T. C. McDermott visited the hot springs in the hope of alleviating terrible stomach ulcers. Drinking the water, he quickly recovered and returned to buy the property with his partners, J.C. Fay and William Lockwood (whose combined names created "Faywood"). McDermott became sole proprietor and continued to operate the fancy hotel. He swore by the healthful properties of the water, which he bottled and sold. He drank the water daily and lived to the ripe old age of 96. While the 1890s marked the peak of America's faith in the healthful qualities of hot springs, Faywood enjoyed it's most popular period in the early 1900s.
It remained an important social center for Silver City and Deming residents during the 1930s and early 1940s. As the number of visitors declined after the second World War, the once luxurious hotel deteriorated and began to lose its glitter to the dimming influence of age. It was razed in 1951. Soon after McDermott died, the property changed hands several times until Kennecott Copper acquired it in 1966. The present owners purchased the property from Phelps Dodge in 1993. They have embarked on an extensive rebuilding project – carefully preserving its natural beauty and the remaining historical attributes, so that Faywood Hot Springs can once again provide an enticing environment for those who wish to partake of its rejuvenating waters.
HOURS Mon-Sun 10 AM-10 PM
Per Day: Adults $12.50; Child (under 12) $6.25
WATSU II PRIVATE GROUP POOL
($81.00 per hour minimum)
Adults (1-9 Adults) $13.50/person/hour
Child (under 12) $6.75/person/hour
($25.00 per hour minimum)
Per Hour: Adults $12.50; Child (under 12) $6.25
Per Hour: Groups (10-15 people) $10.50/person/hr
PRIVATE HOT TUBS
(user controls temperature)
Per Hour: Adults $12.50; Child (under 12) $6.25
Check-in: 2 PM
Check out: 10 AM
Includes use of all public facilities from time of arrival until 10 AM the following morning.
Tent 1 Person $18.75; 2 People $30.00
RV 1 Person $25.00; 2 People $37.50
RV sites 8, 9 & 10 (50 Amps) add $4.00
RV site 18 (30 Amps, privacy fence) add $6.00
Each Additional Adult - $15.00
Each Additional Child (under 12) - $10.00
Check-in: 2 PM
Check out: 11 AM
One-Bedroom with full bath, sleeping loft and porch (some screened-in). Queen-sized bed (linens and towels provided), kitchenette (table & chairs, microwave, small refrigerator, coffeemaker, sink, dishes, utensils), heat and air. Private yard, picnic table, outdoor charcoal BBQ grill. Includes use of the public soaking pools and facilities until 11 AM the following morning, plus one hour private pool. Cabin check in is at 2 PM. Sorry, no smoking, candles or pets inside the Cabin.
Per Night: 1 or 2 People $99.00
Additional linens (for above): $12.00
Additional Adult : each $30.00 (futon provided)
Additional Child (under 12): each $15.00 (futon provided. linen charge will apply)
Pet (Mimbres & Apache cabins only): each $12.00
One room with queen size bed, a small refrigerator, toaster, coffee pot and microwave. Outside is a picnic table and fire pit with a cooking grate and a spigot for water just outside the door. No bathroom facilities are inside the cabin; however, an outhouse is close by. Includes use of the public soaking pools and facilities until 11 AM the following morning, plus one-hour private pool. Cabin check-in is at 2 PM. Sorry, no smoking, candles or pets inside the Adobe Cabin.
$65.00/night for 1 or 2 people.
Two-Bedroom mobile home with full bath. Two queen-sized beds and a sleeper sofa. The guest house can sleep up to six people (linens and towels provided) and offers a full kitchen (table & chairs, microwave, refrigerator, stove/oven, coffeemaker, sink, dishes, utensils), heat and air, private yard, picnic table, outdoor charcoal BBQ grill. Includes use of the public soaking pools and facilities until 11 AM the following morning, plus one hour private pool. (Check-in is 2:00 PM.) Sorry, no smoking, candles or pets inside the Guest House.
Per night: 1 or 2 People $ 150.00
Additional Adult : each $30.00 (sleeper sofa provided)
Additional Child (under 12): each $15.00 (sleeper sofa provided)
No additional charge for linens; for Guest House only.
Bath Towel $1.50; we no longer offer swimwear.
Faywood Hot Springs
165 Highway 61
HC 71 Box 1240
Faywood, NM 88034