Durango Hot Springs Resort & Spa Aims for World-Class Designation

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I’m Eric Eicher, president

of Alpine Bank Durango.

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As we all live with the new

reality of the pandemic,

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innovative businesses

throughout Southwest Colorado

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are finding new ways to work

and serve our community.

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We invite you to learn

more about your neighbors

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in this edition of Business Matters.

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The former Trimble Hot Springs Resort,

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just north of Trimble Lane

on La Plata County Road 203,

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has undergone a number of reincarnations

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since Frank Trimble built the first

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swimming pool and hotel in 1882.

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But the most recent transformation

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may be the most dramatic.

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Durango businessmen Bryan

Yearout, Dan Carter,

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and his son Ken Carter,

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purchased the old Trimble

Hot Springs in 2019

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and began a $10 million transformation

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that when finished will include

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16 mineral hot springs soaking pools,

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eight Japanese-inspired

cedar soaking tubs,

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and an 83,000 gallon heated

saltwater swimming pool.

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The old hot soaking pool

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on the north end of the property

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has been turned into a mini amphitheater

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and includes a reflexology walking path,

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dining area, and bar.

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The group also will renovate

and upgrade the spa building,

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add a new private clubhouse

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on the far north end of the property,

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a sauna on the south end,

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and a clock tower featuring

a hot water outdoor shower.

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Yearout said he and his partners

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visited hot springs resorts

throughout the United States

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to come up with the design

for this newest incarnation.

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The old facility that they had here

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was the large pool,

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and being able to take advantage of that,

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but we’ve went to a few different places

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and the intimacy that we

can get with smaller pools

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and the ability to spread out

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and utilize the property better

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is really what made us drive to that.

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It works out great.

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I think that the customers love it.

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And yeah, just has kind of

giving us a new identity.

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The first businessmen who

turned the hot springs

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into a resort was pioneer Frank Trimble,

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who moved to the area in 1874

and claimed after soaking

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in the hot geothermal waters,

that his rheumatism was cured.

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Trimble built the first hotel in 1882

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and it later burned to the ground.

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Trimble lost the property to TD Burns,

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when he couldn’t repay an $8,000 loan.

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Burns then built the iconic

Hermosa House in 1896.

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Fire destroyed that building in 1931.

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New owners built a third hotel,

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which became a center

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for entertainment, gambling, and clubbing.

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Most famously attracting

actors Marilyn Monroe

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and Clark Gable who visited while filming

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“Across the Wide Missouri” in the 1950s.

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That building burned in

1957 and the hot springs

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remained close for more than 30 years

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until the Ruedi Bear family

resurrected the resort

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with geothermal soaking pools

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and an Olympic sized swimming pool.

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The hot springs changed hands

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one more time before

the Carters and Yearout

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purchased the property in 2019.

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Yearout said the

renovations take advantage

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of the same historical

geothermal water source

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to fill it’s soaking tubs.

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The geothermal waters

come out of the ground

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at 120 degrees and are

infused with 21 minerals.

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The most common of which

are sulfate, calcium,

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sodium, and silica.

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Hot tub temperatures range

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from about 90 degrees to 110 degrees.

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The swimming pool has been converted

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to a heated saltwater pool

and all the waters are infused

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with nano bubbles of pure oxygen.

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So the oxygen is nano bubbles of oxygen.

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We’re taking advantage of a company

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out of Phoenix that developed the process.

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It’s exceptional water,

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and they have a device

called an aqua gin that takes

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and it explodes oxygen,

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medical grade oxygen, into nano bubbles.

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And those nano bubbles

go into all of the water.

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And the nano bubbles are absorbed

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through the skin to help

increase blood oxygen content.

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It helps to restore healing.

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It helps create new skin cells.

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And it actually is probably one

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of the most beneficial things that we have

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in our water, just pure oxygen.

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And it’s, we’re the only hot springs

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in the world to have

it in our hot springs.

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Now we also have it in our swimming pool.

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And there’s many places that use it

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in swimming pools and spas, and you know,

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residential hot tubs and things like that.

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Works somewhat like a barametric chamber.

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The owners say they hope the improvements

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they’ve made will become

as big an attraction

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for visitors as Durango’s

other tourism amenities.

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In the meantime, Southwest

Colorado locals can enjoy

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the hot springs from 9:00

AM to 10:00 PM daily.

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Day passes are $30 for adults,

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$15 for children.

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Short term, seasonal, and annual

passes also are available.

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To control the number of

visitors during the pandemic,

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the resort requires

reservations in advance.

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For more information

about the hot springs,

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visit durangohotspringsresortandspa.com.

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Thanks for watching this edition

of the Local News Network.

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Be sure to stay up to date with

the latest news in your area

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through Twitter and Instagram.

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I’m Wendy Graham Settle.

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