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Truth or Consequences, City of Health


Truth or Consequences is well known for its geothermal hot mineral water which underlies the entire downtown district. The water has long been known for its remarkable healing powers. Since the days of pre-history, people journeyed here to bathe in the water to soothe and heal their aching bodies.

In those days, the hot mineral water bubbled to the surface along the marshlands of the Rio Grande. Now, there are 9 bathhouses in downtown Truth or Consequences which offer hot mineral water baths. Their styles range from funky to elegant. Some feature tiled tubs and others have gravel-bottomed pools through which the mineral water freely flows. Most are indoors and some are outdoors. To enhance your healing experience, most of these bathhouses offer services like massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, hot rock treatments and more.

In the1930s and 1940s, Hot Springs, as Truth or Consequences was known then, was filled with health clinics, bathhouses, health stores, small motels and apartments. Travelers journeyed from around the country and world to cure themselves of a wide range of afflictions. The Carrie Tingley Hospital for Crippled Children was built here in the 1930s, a project of the New Deal era. Now this hospital is home to the New Mexico Veterans Hospital.

The geothermal hot mineral water comes to the earth’s surface at 104 – 110 degrees Fahrenheit. There is no unpleasant odor or taste. Containing approximately 32 minerals, it has a Ph of 7.0.

There is a growing community of alternative health practitioners in Truth or Consequences. They work in close cooperation with the downtown bathhouses to provide professional services to all who seek healing treatments. Your host will be happy to arrange an appointment for you.

Truth or Consequences continues its reputation as the City of Health as plans move forward to build a new hospital.