Let us tell you about the power and tradition of these waters.
Long before the poolside misty morning coffees. Long before fireside conversations that last into the night. Long before science told us what ancient wisdom already knew. The Mother Spring’s healing powers have been widely known and highly sought after.
Back to the Beginning
When the first European settlers came across the Mother Spring more than 150 years ago, they noticed the ground around the pool was packed by human footprints, with paths radiating out from the 75-foot-diameter bubbling pool like spokes from the hub of a wheel.
That’s because Native Americans had been enjoying the waters of this natural hot mineral spring for generations before others found the special waters. The Mother Spring was actually discovered long ago by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. Called the “mountain people,” the Ute people are the original inhabitants of Colorado, and the name Pagosa comes from the Ute word meaning “healing waters.”
The Stuff of Legends
Legend has it that the Ute’s were suffering a mysterious plague that was beyond the healing of the most powerful medicine men. After building a huge fire, praying, and dancing all night along the banks of the San Juan River, it is said that they awoke the next morning to a pool of boiling water where the fire once burned. And once bathed in the water, they were cured of their sickness.