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    Meet Pagosa’s Hot Spring Community

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Connie Cook
Deputy Chief, Pagosa Springs Medical Center, Emergency Medical Services
Pagosan since 1998

Why do you live in Pagosa Springs?

The natural beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities are what originally drew me to Pagosa, the people are the reason I’ve made it my home.

What is your favorite soaking pool at The Springs?

Clouds in My Coffee – I like the bird’s eye view from this tub and it’s usually right in the temperature range I like.

Are you a podcast or book person? What is your latest?

What’s got your interest right now? Book person for sure.  I usually have a few books going at a time.  I just finished the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, it was a great read to get lost in an alternate fantasy world.  I just started reading Primal Leadership, a book building on the importance of emotional intelligence in our professional lives and the impacts on successful leadership.  On deck is “Imagine – How Creativity Works” by Jonah Lehrer.  I’m a voracious reader and learner, my library card is one of my most powerful tools.

What is your daily wellness regimen?

I do my best to move as much as possible daily.  3-4 times per week in the summer I go for a run/hike on Reservoir HIll and then go soak at the hot springs to start my day.  I also love to mountain bike and hike all over our beautiful neck of the woods.  Spending time outside is the foundation of my wellness regime.  I follow the sage advice of Michael Pollan – eat food, not too much, mostly plants.  To manage stress I try to laugh as much as possible, surround myself with excellent people, and stay on the positive end of the spectrum.

Why would you recommend Soaking to a friend?

It’s one of Pagosa’s unique and most valued treasures, something to really experience the roots and culture of the area.  Soaking just feels good and is a great way to relieve stress and take some time to take care of yourself.  The staff at the Springs are very friendly and provide excellent customer service.

Soaking in the San Juan River at The Springs Resort

Rachel Devloo
Massage Therapist
Pagosan since 2016

Why do you live in Pagosa Springs?

It’s a magical oasis of fun and sacred healing! I love the safety, the serenity and how we have our own bubble of bliss. There is so much to explore in the San Juans. My soul is happiest here.

Favorite Soaking Tub at The Springs?

The Burg! I love that it has all the river potential for hot/cold therapy.

Podcast or Book Person?

What’s got your interest right now? Depends on the mood. Right now, I’m more into podcasts or audible. I’m currently listening to Outlander by Diana Gabaldon for fun, and Magical Beginnings by Deepak Chopra for education about my pregnancy. My favorite podcast overall is The Highest Set podcast and the Melissa Ambrosini show!

What’s your daily wellness regime?

I do yoga in the morning followed by meditation, a quick paddleboard or time in nature, and of course, I like to soak in the springs after work. Right now, I’m focused on amplifying my health, nutrition, and practicing yoga. I love moving my body, eating whole foods and learning how to create more space to be grounded and centered so that I can be more loving and open in all areas of life.

Why would you recommend Soaking to a friend?

I would recommend soaking because the minerals are divine and healing magic. Soaking calms the nervous system, allowing us to be better humans. There is nothing better than hot springs bliss!

Soaking in the Blue Lagoon at The Springs Resort

Amber Kirkham
Third Grade Teacher, Pagosa Springs Elementary School
Pagosan since 2000

Why do you live in Pagosa Springs?

I’m a Colorado native, and access to the skiing, rafting, hiking and camping in the Pagosa Springs area were a huge draw. Also, this place is full of small town charm, I love that it’s a place where your kids know their neighbors.

Favorite Soaking Tub at The Springs?

The Blue Lagoon – it’s the perfect spot to relax and unwind with the whole family!

Podcast or Book Person? What’s got your interest right now? 

Books! Anything historical fiction. I just finished “Where the Crawdads Sing.”

What’s your daily wellness regime?

I like to do Crossfit at Pagosa Crossfit and take hikes daily.

Why would you recommend Soaking to a friend?

It’s an amazing way to unwind, socialize and relax while being nestled alongside the scenic San Juan River.

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