You might want to plan for some time before or after a retreat at
Stone Rabbit to visit the hot springs. The Town of Pagosa Springs,
which sits in a large horseshoe of meadows and woodlands between the
Southern San Juan Mountains to the East and the La Plata Mountains
to the West, is dissected by the beautiful San Juan river. The small
town is the home of the largest and hottest hot springs in the world.
The bottom of this spring has never been found. The water is also
used to heat the buildings in downtown Pagosa Springs.
These naturally therapeutic mineral baths have been valued as far
back as the Anasazi and the Native American population who first used
them. The name "Pagosah" (which means 'healing water') was
given to these hot springs by the Native Americans due to their experience
that the properties in the waters could restore health and heal illness.
Today visitors soak in the Hot Springs and their 'miraculous' properties
by bathing in the many small pools of various temperatures near the
river. These pools with changing rooms and showers are owned by the
Springs Inn. From these pools you can also get into the river to cool
Across the street, at The Spa Motel, there is a pure mineral water
swimming pool and some hot pools. Both places have massage services
nearby and provide accommodations.
What is it about the springs, that have kept people coming back,
as well as attracting new visitors? There are many testimonials of
people experiencing relief and cures from rheumatism, stomach ailments
and skin conditions. Others just love to soak or swim in these healing
waters after a hike, skiing, or a retreat! Pagosa Springs and Baden-Baden
Springs have similar mineral content and are considered the most effacious
mineral springs for the human body in the world.
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