In 1868, just three years after the Civil War ended, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort was established in the high desert of Northern New Mexico, just north of Santa Fe and southwest of Taos. 2013 marks its 145th anniversary! To celebrate this momentous milestone, Ojo has created a special anniversary package inspired by the Four Elements to honor this sacred place. It is available beginning May 1, 2013.
The 145th Anniversary Package includes one night for two in a Plaza, Pueblo or Cliffside Suite featuring the Four Elements as found in: Water—soaking in Ojo's Sacred Mineral Waters; Earth—two, 50-minute Earth Keeper's Hot Stone Massages with an Ojo Talistone gift, plus two Ojo Signature Milagro Wraps; Air—two passes to a yoga class of your choice to honor the breath; and Fire—New Mexican Chocolate Chile Truffles. The package starts at $449 per person.
“As stewards of Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs it is a true privilege to celebrate our 145th anniversary by honoring the rich history of this legendary oasis that has provided healing for diverse groups of people for thousands of years,” say Andy Scott, Ojo’s owner and general manager.
Antonio Joseph, New Mexico’s First Territorial Representative to Congress, opened Ojo in 1868 as one of the first natural health resorts in the United States. As a “sanitarium,” Ojo was known throughout the country as a place where thousands of people would travel to for the curative properties of the healing mineral waters. As a matter of fact, it was President Franklin D. Roosevelt who popularized the idea of “taking the waters” in the 1930s, which he did to provide relief from his debilitating polio.
Native Americans from the area say that Ojo has always been known as a place of peace, and that warring tribes would lay down their weapons at the edge of the springs in honor of the sacred waters and the land. Ojo was also a hub of activity for traders such as Kit Carson who was known to frequent the Ojo post office, and general store where he purchased supplies.
Ongoing improvements at Ojo include an expanded Men’s Changing area, which was finished in early April 2013, and the creation of a new Mud Area in front of the Main Bathhouse, which will be heated geothermally for year-round use, plus a new Lithia Pool – both are expected to be open in June. Ojo has also recently established separate Whisper Zones in an effort to accommodate both guests who want to be social and those who enjoy the quiet tranquility.
Three of Ojo’s original buildings have been caringly restored and maintained, and today are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, including the Historic Bathhouse built in 1868; the Historic Hotel, built in1916; and the Adobe Round Barn built in 1924.
Today, as many yearn to reconnect with nature, Ojo’s secluded sanctuary with renowned sulfur-free, healing waters and breathtaking landscape provides the ideal respite from our technology-infused worlds. The resort is comprised of 1,100 acres of stunning high desert mesas and lush river valley and is adjoined to thousands of acres of National Forest and public land, which are filled with miles of mountain-biking and hiking trails. Ojo is a quintessential destination for relaxation and rejuvenation.
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