For most of us, Ojo Caliente is a state of mind. It is that place in your mind where something profoundly emotional says, “this is the place I live”, “this is where I’m from” or “this is a place I love to visit.” It is surrounded by unique color combinations, rare topography, and a fast changing sky with usually bright sunshine.
With our mix of cultures we have a lot of history whether measured just in numbers of centuries or the diversity of sometimes conflicting viewpoints.
We should probably mention that Ojo Caliente, New Mexico is in the United States of America and has been since 1848. That fact is relevant both in the context of an international internet audience and, as you will learn if you are here very long, because it is not as accepted a fact locally as one might suppose. Do not confuse this Ojo with the Ojo Caliente located in Cibola County, NM, or the other Ojo Caliente located in Mexico (and there may be more!). The Welcome page has a Google map of the Northern New Mexico area where we can be found.
“Ojo Caliente” translates as “hot spring”, for the famous hot springs that are located here.
Northern New Mexico is much like Southern Colorado in its climate and geography. The mountain ranges, river valleys, mesas and high desert plateaus contain an abundance of wildlife and make for beautiful landscapes. We have four distinct seasons that last for about 3 months each, with daytime temperatures in the summer averaging about 85 degrees and daytime temperatures in the winter averaging about 40 degrees. This is truly an area, however, that fits into the “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes” category. Alpine activities like skiing are available in the winter and river rafting can be had in the summer, with any number of other outdoor activities available throughout the year.
Some other nearby attractions include American Artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s past home in Abiquiu, Bandelier National Monument, Tsankawee and Posugee Ruins, The Bradberry Science Museum, Echo Amphitheater, Heron Lake, El Vado Lake, Abiquiu Lake, Pedernales Peak, Santuario de Chimayo, the Chimayo weavers, Christ in the Desert Monastery and the Dar al Islam Mosque in Abiquiu, the largest adobe building in the U.S..