Friday, March 19, 2010

Sunset over Pagosa Springs: SkyWatch Friday

Pagosa Springs, Colorado, USA
Pagosa Springs is a small town, situated on a high desert plateau at 7079 feet on the Western slope of the Continental Divide.   It is surrounded by the 3 million acre San Juan National Forest.  The Rocky Mountains frame the town to the North and East.
The springs, rich with sulphur, are one of the largest and hottest in the world.  The Ute Indians called the springs Pah gossah meaning "healing waters."
 The Springs Resort and Spa
Here we spend a wonderful several hours (at night when it was truly magical) soaking away in the 18 pools of  temperatures ranging from 83 to 114 degrees F (27-46C).  Here's a LINK to the pools with descriptions and photos.  The spa overlooks the beautiful San Juan River.  Every pool offers a different experience and beautiful views.  There is one pool with a waterfall and 3 pools that mix in cooler river water.  As cold white stars glitter overhead, we plunge our bodies into the soft waters, while trails of incandescent vapors swirl through the night sky.  aaahh....  
LINKS:
The Springs Resort and Spa descriptions of the pools
description of the water (contains the following minerals:  sulfate, sodium, chloride, potassium, silica, magnesium, fluoride, lithium, boron, manganese, arsenic, iron, zinc.  Read about the health benefits of each.)
great article by Amy Maestas for InsideOutside Magazine (She states that geologists say hot springs occur where there is recent volcanism, of which there are many such places in the San Juans.)

This post is for SkyWatch Friday hosted by Wren, fishing guy, Sylvia, Klaus, and Sandy.   

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photos by me © 2007

17 comments:

  1. I love to look at skywatch! Pretty! That spa looks great - got to put that on the bucket list!

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  2. Ahhh! That is the good life. Relaxing and taking in fantastic views.

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  3. NICE Topic thanks for sharing I could do with some healing. Don

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  4. Another great picture!
    Thanks for showing all of these & for your inspiring comments over at my blog.
    Tammy

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  5. Great scenery. Wish I could visit that place someday. Happy weekend!

    The Sunset

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  6. This sounds wonderful! Soaking there at night under the stars, must be terrific! Glad to know about this place, even if I'm not likely to get there!

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  7. What a great place, Margaret!! Gorgeous skies and a great place to soak away the aches and pains!! Hope you have a great weekend! Thanks as always for your visits and kind words!! Always appreciated!

    Sylvia

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  8. I would like to visit there, or maybe be there now!
    Have a great weekend!
    Vicki

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  9. aloha,

    that looks like a lovely place to hang out and visit for awhile...thanks for showing me part of your world today :)

    have a great weekend.

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  10. There's also web cams there, but you can only view them in IE & I don't have IE on my computer. Beautiful place!

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  11. Pagosa Springs is a fun place to visit. Your photos are wonderful!

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  12. Those pools sound SO wonderful!

    Love the skies, too. It strikes me that they're kind of like the ocean, or a fire--endlessly fascinating.

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  13. Under star lit nights, relaxing and watching heavenly bodies, that's my way to end my day!

    Gorgeous sunset!

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  14. Lovely sky view ... looks like a marvelous spa ;-)
    Hugs and blessings,

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  15. I was born in Durango & lived in Pagosa the first couple of years of my life. I sat in the hot springs before they went commercial. My grandparents are buried there. i dream of going back. I want to be the keeper of the cemetery. Small wonderful world.

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