Pendleton Pagosa Springs Blanket Long ago, the Southern Utes of Colorado told of a plague that medicine men could not cure. A council gathered on the riverbank and built an enormous fire, danced and prayed for help, then fell into a deep sleep. When they woke, a spring of fragrant hot water had replaced the fire. They bathed and were healed by the springs, naming it ‚Äúpah‚Äù (water) and ‚Äúgosa‚Äù (boiling). In the center of this blanket design, blue hot springs rise through medallion of fire to bring peace and health. .