Pinkerton Hot Springs is just north of Durango, Colorado, right alongside the highway going north to Silverton. It is a colorful mound of earth and mineral deposit built up by the hot springs which issues from the top, sending cascades of warm-hot water down the sides. These coalesce into a gentle stream which waters the adjacent bushes and trees, supporting beautiful flower displays, and ultimately emptys into the Animas river flowing in the valley below. The water is not too hot to touch, so children love to climb up the sides and slide down in the warm water flows. While some of the color is obviously mineral, the heat-tolerant algae create striking compositions. Hot springs are a frequent feature in faulted mountains, such as this portion of the San Juan range in the Colorado Rockies. Click on image to enlarge.