Forty feet across and up to five feet deep, the Pond is surrounded on three sides by a redwood deck and lined with natural rock and boulders, so you’ll find numerous areas to sit and lay down while enjoying views of 14,150-foot Mount Sneffels. The naturally hot spring water has seasonal average temperatures of 100 to 106 degrees Fahrenheit. Attached to the Pond is small plunge with cooler water, offering a refreshing dip to take a break from the heat.
The Pond is filled by spring water naturally flowing up through the ground. While walking in the Pond, try digging your toes into the pebble bottom and you will find several hot spots, where the water is entering the pond. The biggest flow from the underground spring enters the Pond from a cave, under a rock bench next to the Plunge. Rising water tables will increase the water’s flow, which will maintain a hotter pond temperature.
A wooden pipe, known as the Flume, shoots water into the pond to manipulate the temperature, and give a great back massage. A combination of hot and cold spring water flows out of the Flume as a way of keeping the temperature as close to an ideal 103-104 degrees as possible. Natural occurrences such as rain, snow, wind, sunlight and high water tables affect the temperature greatly. We do what we can, but we are not as powerful as nature, so…the temperatures in the Pond will vary. We hope you will enjoy nature as much as we do!