Pagosa Springs Geothermal Resource

The Colorado School of Mines Geophysics Department (CSM) released results of research recently conducted throughout the Pagosa Springs area. The research, conducted on the geothermal aquifer, resulted in evidence indicating a much larger and more complex system than had been previously suspected. As described in a recent Pagosa Springs Sun article, Pagosa Country is edging closer towards making that geothermal resource the centerpiece of a larger economic development initiative. Over the summer, community members traveled to Denver to make a presentation at the Geothermal Working Group meeting, sponsored by the Colorado Energy Office (previously known as the Governor’s Energy Office). Archuleta County is developing geothermal specific 1041 regulations (in conjunction with Chaffee, Ouray and Dolores Counties) to pursue further state assistance in developing their geothermal resources.