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Pagosa Springs

  • Big Pagosa Spring

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    The hot water in Pagosa Springs bubbles up from more than 6,000 feet below the earth's surface, where it is warmed by residual heat from ancient volcanic activity in the area.
    Big Pagosa Spring
  • Steam Rising from Pagosa Hot Spring

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    Today the hot springs attract 175,000 visitors annually. They also power a geothermal heating system that heats fifteen buildings, including the town hall and local schools.
    Steam Rising from Pagosa Hot Spring
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Rob Blair and George Bracksieck, eds., The Eastern San Juan Mountains: Their Geology, Ecology, and Human History (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2011).

Geothermal Department, Pagosa Springs.

Lolita Manring, “Pahgosa Hot Spring,” Colorado State Register of Historic Places Nomination Form (May 20, 1991).

John M. Motter, Pagosa Country: The First Fifty Years (Marceline, MO: Walsworth Publishing, 1984).

R. Scott Rappold, “Pagosa Springs Has Hot Springs and So Much More,” Colorado Springs Gazette, August 3, 2012.

Laura C. Manson White, “Pagosa Springs, Colorado,” Colorado Magazine 9, no. 3 (1932).

Additional Information: 

Duane A. Smith, A Time for Peace: Fort Lewis, Colorado, 1878–1891 (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2006).