The Healing Waters of Pagosa Springs, Colorado…and geothermal benefits to the community…

by | Jun 12, 2014


San Juan River


Pagosa Springs…Hot Springs Soaking

Pagosa Hot Springs…”Pagosah” means “Healing Waters”  quote from this website…

The Town of Pagosa Springs is a scenic community known for “healing waters”, our natural hot springs (“Pagosah” is a Southern Ute word for “healing waters”).

We are located thirty minutes west of the Continental Divide and Wolf Creek Ski Area.  Pagosa Springs is surrounded by the San Juan National Forest and Southern Ute Indian lands.  Many recreational activities are made possible by the San Juan River that flows through the heart of town.

We have myriad opportunities for hiking, fishing, all forms of skiing, hunting, four wheel drives, snowmobiling, and numerous scenic drives.  With an average of 300 days of sunshine and four definitive seasons, Pagosa Springs is an extraordinary place to live!

For more infomation on activites, events, restaurants and shopping visit the Pagosa Springs Town Tourism website.

Welcome to Pagosa Springs!  click on this site for more about recreational fun…

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Rafting on the San Juan River

Geothermal Benefits… Click on this reference site for those who need to know more…by  The Economic, Environmental, and Social Benefits of Geothermal Use in Colorado Liz Battocletti Bob Lawrence & Associates, Inc. July 2006

“Colorado has benefitted from its rich geothermal resources for centuries. Geothermal heat and hot water were used in the “Centennial State” long before it became a state in 1876. Native Americans valued the healing powers of hot springs often battling for possession. At various times, the Ute, Navajo, and U.S. Calvary all soaked in geothermal hot springs. Currently, geothermal heat or water is formally used in at least 30 resorts, small businesses, and communities across Colorado to heat pools and buildings, raise fish and alligators, and grow vegetables.” ***** We enjoyed 10 days in beautiful New Mexico, with several professional commitments in the mix.  We boomers were very ready for a good rest.   We picked the right place in Pagosa Springs, Colorado for 7 days of R&R.  This is our last day staying at the Wyndham Vacation Resort (click on link) before heading north to Moab to see the Arches (click on link).


Wyndham Vacation Resort, Pagosa Springs, Colorado


Arches National Park, Moab, Utah

Although our “bucket list” is still full of dreams of new places to visit, especially in North America, Judy and I have been most fortunate the last 8 years to have visited so many beautiful and stunning places for the first time.  And we always look forward to going back home to the Oregon Coast to continue exploring the many beaches and coastal areas we have not seen.  Just staying home in Little Whale Cove near Depoe Bay, Oregon is a treat all by itself.  We are looking forward to arriving back home next week .  In the meantime, we are in awe of the stunning and beautiful high mountain country in the Western USA.  Our travel adventures are always spiritual and keep us living in the moment to enjoy life to the fullest.  I feel so grateful to be able to enjoy all of this breath taking life experience with my best friend and soul mate, Judy…

Steve Sparks, Author, My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1, and Reconciliation: A Son’s Story…


Steve and Judy at Cannon Beach, Oregon in April 2014

Please support my mission of helping families who suffer from PTSD and moral injury…order my books, My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1… (Kindle $2.99), and Reconciliation: A Son’s Story.  Click and order paperback or download Kindle version.  Buy my book at Barnes & Noble as well… Thank you! Steve Sparks, Author

About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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