San Juan River versus The Great Pagosa Hot Spring
This is our annual San Juan River versus The Great Pagosa Hot Spring photo. The intent is to draw attention to the power the spring has over the river. The photos were taken standing on the traffic bridge looking both ways. It is obvious something powerful is at work here. The river is frozen along its banks looking east but just a few feet down river there is no ice. Many people do not realize that the spring has several natural vents under the river. It is common for folks fishing or playing to say they were walking around and suddenly found their feet were hot. They were standing near one of the vents.
Below the bridge is a free pool fed by the large white pipe to the left. It is excess flow from the Healing Waters pools and runs constantly. The pool is reconstructed every spring by local bathers when the river water recedes. This hot spring water along with the natural vents keeps the river from freezing.
The pools at The Springs Resort flow hot water from pool to pool and then directly into the river guaranteeing an ice free river. This summer photo shows the activity all season long.
Pagosa is proud of its river and hot spring. See the photo above in wide screen here.