Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa Announces New Kiva Pool
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, one of the oldest natural health resorts in the United States renowned for its healing waters, full-service spa and scenic setting in northern New Mexico, announces the completion of a new Kiva Pool. The private pool is a stunning new addition and amenity for guests lodging in the Plaza, Pueblo and Cliffside Suites.
Pueblo Indians native to the area traditionally used kivas, a circular area dug into the ground, covered with vigas (long, fully intact pine logs stripped of foliage) and accessible by ladders, as a gathering place for the performance of sacred rituals. Ojo’s sacred waters are a perfect complement to this traditionally-inspired design. The Kiva Pool’s round shape and stone accents echo the original Native design. The waters at Ojo have been deemed sacred by the Eight Northern Pueblo tribal community for nearly 3,000 years. Pueblo ruins rest just above the property and overlook the new Kiva Pool.
Ojo is said to be one of the only hot springs in the world with four different types of sulphur-free mineral waters including iron, arsenic, soda and Lithia. The Kiva Pool is filled with a combination of iron and arsenic mineral waters; iron is considered to be beneficial to the blood and immune system, prevent fatigue and promote healthy skin tone while arsenic water is believed to relive digestive problems and relieve symptoms of arthritis.
Modeling the layout of a traditional Pueblo Plaza, the Plaza, Pueblo and Cliffside Suites surround the Kiva Pool, lending a sense of privacy and quietude to the space. The new pool will comfortably accommodate 22 guests and will be open from 6 am to midnight for guests 14 years and older. Public Springs’ areas are open from 8 am to 10 pm. The Kiva Pool is constructed of all hand carved stone walls while the bottom is complete with the petroglypic representation of the Ojo logo, a beautiful spiral that was traditionally used by the Natives not only as a symbol for the mineral springs themselves, but a method of producing trancelike meditation during healing ceremonies.
Ojo’s property consists of 1,100 acres and is adjoined to thousands of acres of national forest and public land. The diverse landscape ranges from lush river valley to stunning high desert mesas. The full-service spa includes Native American influenced treatments such as the Blue Corn Prickly Pear Salt Scrub, a unique treatment that reflects traditional Native Americans’ use of blue cornmeal on the skin to rid the body of impurities. Ojo’s own Artesian Restaurant serves up fresh, inventive, locally influenced foods such as Quinoa Rellenos, Green Chile Fries (thinly sliced chiles fried and served with an Asian dipping sauce) and Green Chile Encrusted Salmon. The resort’s location gives guests easy access to outdoor adventures such as skiing, river rafting, flyfishing and hot air ballooning.