La Paloma Hot Springs & Spa.... a quiet and peaceful getaway! Rooms begin at $60....
La Paloma, formerly Marshall Miracle Pools, was the first car park in T or C, NM. The rooms were constructed for housing for the workers building the dam at Elephant Butte Lake. The dam was completed in 1916 and the “cabins” were then moved to the present site. Continuing renovation and upgrades have been made over the years to provide a comfortable homey setting for guests. Please come and visit this historic site even if you choose to stay or soak elsewhere. Our goal is to provide a quiet and serene space to escape from the demands of every day life. Stop in, take a deep breath, and relax!
History and Other Info
The town of Truth or Consequences (T or C) sits directly atop a hot springs aquifer that produces 2.5 million gallons of crystal clear water per day. The mineral content of this water is higher than any other found in the US, and there is no unpleasant odor - in fact, some even drink it for its beneficial qualities.
Artifacts found in the area indicate that the Mimbres Indians used the springs, and Geronimo is known to have spent time here. The Spanish named the place "Ojo Caliente de las Palomas," or "Hot Springs of the Doves." This name stuck until 1914, when the town became known as Hot Springs. (But it changed again in 1950, when citizens voted to change the name as part of a publicity stunt put together by the producers of the game show "Truth or Consequences.")
T or C's Historic Hot Water District is located on the banks of the Rio Grande between two reservoirs - Elephant Butte (the largest body of water in New Mexico), just 5 miles north and Caballo, about 20 miles south. Both lakes provide opportunities for fishing, boating and other water recreation.
The shops, galleries and restaurants in T or C's easily walkable downtown area are welcome entertainment for those who would rather not drive. Other attractions in the area include museums, golf courses, and ghost towns, and nearby state parks provide some of the best birding in New Mexico.