9 Things to Love About Pagosa Springs' Hot Springs

Ready to get serious about relaxation and rejuvenation? Then its time to experience the mineral-rich natural hot springs in Pagosa Springs. With three options in the area — The Springs Resort, Healing Waters Resort & Spa and Overlook Hot Springs Spa — youve got some choices to make.

By: Pagosa Springs
Updated: February 16, 2024

Here a few reasons why you wont find a better hot springs experience in Colorado (or anywhere else).

Pools With a View

The San Juan Mountains are breathtaking even when youre not soaking in a hot spring. At The Springs Resort, the pools are terraced along the San Juan River, so that you can enjoy the mountain and river views while you soak. At the Overlook Hot Springs Spa, the spring-fed rooftop pool has killer views of the mountains and downtown. Healing Waters Resort & Spa is located right along the San Juan River, which flows through downtown Pagosa. Plus, there are 3 million acres of wilderness and national forest areas to explore just beyond town.

Double Down on Relaxation

Dont stop with a soak! Pair your hot springs stay with a massage, acupressure, Reiki or other spa services available each of the hot springs.

Pagosa Springs has other massage therapists, as well, so options for soothing adventurous, Rocky Mountain-exploring muscles are virtually endless.

Never Leave!

Two of Pagosas hot springs have lodging options to make sure youre never too far from relaxation, with many other lodging options within walking distance of all three facilities. The Springs Resorts luxurious rooms and suites come with plus robes, a 24-hour beverage bar and other amenities. Healing Waters Resort & Spa offers rooms, suites, and cabins for all sorts of hot-water-seeking travelers.

One for the Record Books

The spring beneath Pagosa Springs is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for “Deepest Geothermal Hot Spring.” Named in 2011, it had a maximum measured depth of 1,002 feet. The spring could actually run much deeper, but the plumb line ran out before it hit the bottom. 

Water for Everyone

With dozens of different pools at each location, youll find waters ranging in temperature from the low 80s to about 114 degrees. So, when it comes to choosing the right soak, its sort of like Goldilocks tasting porridge: Too hot, too cool…just right.

A History of Healing

Southern Ute tribes used the springs for hundreds of years, and “Pag-Osah” means “healing waters.” Stories about the magical waters prompted the US Army to study the healing qualities of the springs starting in 1860 and they reported back glowingly about the effects. The first bathhouse on the springs was built in 1881 and people have been soaking here ever since.

The Minerals

Sodium, potassium, magnesium, silica, iron, manganese and sulfate are just some of the natural minerals youll soak up during a dip in Pagosas hot springs. And there are plenty of benefits associated: Strong bones, healthy joints, tissue repair, hormone balance and more!

Four Seasons of Fun

You might come to Pagosa for the healing waters, but you should stay for all the other fun things to do around here, including fishing, hiking, skiing, art galleries, hot air balloon rides, snowmobiling, rafting, museums, kayaking, performing arts, historic sites and more. 

Dont Just Take Our Word For It

Pagosa Springs has lots of well-known fans, including Oprah, Sunset Magazine, Country Living and more. After a soak in the springs, youll understand what all the hype is about.

Want More?

From breweries and the best places to eat during your stay to connecting with outfitters for outdoor adventure, check out 10 Ways to Spend Winter in Pagosa Springs and 10 Things to Do in Pagosa This Summer. And watch a video on Pagosa's hot springs.

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