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The Great Pagosa Hot Springs


The Great Pagosa Hot Springs
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Copyright: JC Ramos (jramos) Silver Note Writer [C: 7 W: 1 N: 78] (401)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-15
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon PowerShot S50
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-12 22:25
Viewed: 1424
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Pagosa Springs is a small town in southwest Colorado with the largest natural and deepest hot mineral spring in the world known as "The Great Pagosa Hot Springs".

The Ute Indians, who still live in the area, were one of the American Indian tribes that once claimed ownership of the Great Pagosa Hot Springs. They called the springs "Pah gosah," a term which has been variously translated in recent years as meaning "boiling water" or "healing water." However, a Ute elder once suggested that a more accurate translation would be "water that has a strong smell."

The "strong smell" of the Great Pagosa Hot Springs derives from its remarkably high mineral content (click here for chart) which many believe gives the water its naturally therapeutic value.

The Great Pagosa Hot Springs itself is at 145 degrees Fahrenheit much too warm for safe human use, but it's a popular visitor attraction nevertheless.

The town is located 60 miles east of Durango on
Highway 160 along the San Juan river.


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