Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Spring

View from the Top Ponds View from the Top Ponds Scott Rappold

The Sangre de Cristo mountain range received well above average snowfall this past winter. That could mean increased water flow from the springs. In late March, the volume of water from all the springs was significantly less than normal and far below what we enjoyed last year. We are eagerly anticipating the recharge from this winter's snowfall. While it will probably cool down the top ponds, a pattern we have observed most years, we should have more water for generating electricity, which will mean a return to normal temperatures for the heated pools. Because the winter was cold and snowy, there were fewer visitors than in recent years for the months of January, February, and March. This could mean that there will be an increase in demand for the coming warmer months. Be advised, think ahead and call for reservations. Reservations may be even more important for achieving the access you want this year.

Orient Land Trust is a nonprofit land trust
dedicated to the preservation of Valley View Hot Springs (VVHS) and its viewshed—
including natural and biologic resources, agricultural lands, wildlife habitat,
open space, and historic and geologic features of the northern San Luis Valley—
for the education and enjoyment of current and future generations.