Hot Springs are thermally heated water from the ground rich in minerals. In downtown Pagosa there are the Pagosa Springs or Healing Springs. The Native Americans of the area gave the name to the springs which translates literally as hot water springs. They used them for the therapeutic value. Try them while you are here.
The Springs Inn: The Hot Springs in Pagosa Springs are the largest hot springs in the United States. There are over 13 pools ranging from 98 degrees at the low end, up to 116 degrees. The San Juan River runs next to two pools, which you can swim if you get to hot. The hot springs are privately owned and the cost per day runs about $17.00.