Dive into the Deepest Hot Springs in the World: Pagosa Hot Springs

North of New Mexico, 30 miles into Colorado is a beautiful small town: Pagosa Springs. Home to the deepest geothermal hot springs in the world, this sleepy town is a must-visit for hot springs fanatics. As a hot springs lover myself, I must say that Pagosa Springs did not disappoint.

Quick hike up Treasure Falls to find this breathtaking view of the Rocky Mountains.

Prior to soaking in the deepest geothermal hot springs in the world, we took quick hike up Treasure Falls, a striking 105-foot waterfall. For lunch, we enjoyed burgers and brews at Pagosa Brewing. Since The Springs offers its overnight guests 24-hour access to all pools including the adult-only pools situated on the terrace, we were in no rush.

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While this is not a photo of pools on the upper terrace (I was too scared to bring my phone along), this huge pool sits behind the resort.

The beginning of springtime is the perfect time to warm up after a long Colorado winter and as expected, the pools were overflowing with soakers during the day, most of whom were locals. And what stood out most about Pagosa Springs was its friendly residents. Not half an hour after arriving at the hot springs, I made friends with a couple of ladies that had recently moved to the area. The conversation flowed from swimsuits to upcoming travels and everything in between.

After a couple hours in the hot water and hot sun, the need for a break (and a nap) is inevitable. Pro tip: pace yourself and take breaks.

Gorgeous front entrance to The Springs Resort & Spa.

At midnight the fire pits light up the terrace and it’s hard to leave the starry sky above the warm baths. We took several dips into the hot pools (and one dip in the freezing river) before bedtime. Pro tip: dunk into the river during the day instead of a cold windy spring night.

Until next time,

Leah Pinkus

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