On Saturday, August 20, 2011
A representative from the Guinness World Record traveled to Pagosa Springs, Colorado to oversee the measurement of the deepest geothermal hot spring, located at The Springs Resort and Spa. It was measured by a plumb line that was capable of reaching a maximum depth of 1002 ft. This was a new record category, so a minimum requirement had not yet been set.
The plumb line was lowered into the main hot spring, also known as the "mother spring", as everyone watched and waited in great anticipation. After about ten minutes, the line ran out without hitting any obstacles, and a new Guiness World Record was set at 1002 ft. What makest his record interesting is that no one really knows just how deep the hot spring is. Every time the spring has been measured, the plumb line has run out before reaching the bottom.
The Great Pagosa Hot Springs was discovered hundreds of years ago by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, and was respected for its rejuvenating and healing qualities. In the 1860's, the United States Army studied the medicinal effects of the springs, and the first bath house was built in 1881. Currently The Springs is now a world-class resort that features numerous soaking pools that are fed by the mother spring. In addition, The Springs Resort is ecologically-forward; the mother spring provides the hot water for the hotel's property and the nearby San Juan River provides the cold water.