When we’re traveling through southern Colorado, we always try to make a stop at The Springs, a beautiful hot springs resort in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. There are almost two dozen pools to choose from, varying in temperature from about 83 degrees (the swimming pool) to 114 degrees, which is appropriately named the Lobster Pot.
Somewhere between 100 and 105 degrees is what we both like best—just hot enough to get really relaxed and to soak away any soreness from hiking and traveling. We spent several hours wandering between pools and finally settled in one that was just the right temperature, overlooking the San Juan River.
We watched the sunset over the river, and then very slowly made our way back to our campground at Pagosa Riverside, just a few miles outside of town. Dinner was already prepared, which was a good thing because after hours of hot springs soaking the most we could muster was to heat up tortillas to go along with the coffee-braised pork that had been simmering all day in the slow cooker.