Pagosa Springs is home to stunning landscapes, natural getaways, and lively festivals. It’s another hot springs town that has a lot to offer visitors. There’s a nice downtown section lined with shops, restaurants and history. Local legend says “Pagosa” is an Indian word meaning “boiling water”.
Along with an excellent R&R scene, Pagosa offers visitors all the major recreation. Nearby Wolf Creek Ski Area gets the most snow in Colorado. Snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and really every other winter activity is close-by. Summer has it all as well.
Pagosa is also home to Growing Spaces, maker of year round, eco-friendly greenhouse domes, which they’ve been producing for more than 25 years.
Hot Springs – The Springs Resort is the largest in town with over twenty soaking pools and one of the nicest hotels in town. Also downtown, Overlook offers a retreat from the crowds, along with exceptional views of town. Healing Waters is another resort and hotel in town.
Wolf Creek – Top notch skiing only thirty minutes from downtown.
- There are numerous campgrounds and sites for dispersed car camping on the way to Williams Creek Reservoir. It’s a 25 mile trek from downtown. Drive west to Piedra Road (FS 631). Follow that 23 miles north to the lake. Campgrounds are Bridge, Williams Creek, Teal and Cimarrona. The closest dispersed camping is on Turkey Springs Rd, just north of Hatcher Reservoir. Campsites are anywhere back here on the side of the road. There are also spots right on Piedra Rd close to Williams Creek Res.
- San Juan River cuts through downtown, with ample opportunities to cast a line.
- Williams Reservoir listed above is a remarkable day trip or overnight visit. There are also numerous other lakes on the drive back to William Res including Sullenburger, Hatcher and Dunnagan reservoirs.
Things to do near Pagosa Springs
- Sky Ute Casino (49mi)
- Treasure Falls (15mi)
- Wolf Creek (24mi)
- Navajo (39mi)
- Alamosa (89mi)
- Arboles (34mi)
- Bayfield (41mi)
- Creede (63mi)
- Del Norte (58mi)
- Durango (60mi)
- Ignacio (50mi)
- Monte Vista (72mi)
- South Fork (42mi)
Featured Pagosa Springs blog
Pagosa Dogsled Adventures: Get Your Mush On! – Can you imagine celebrating an engagement, anniversary, or birthday under the full, January moon, racing across fresh snow on a sled pulled by 12 Alaskan Malamutes? The mushers and Malamutes…
5 Amazing Adventures in Archuleta County – Archuleta County is as breathtakingly beautiful as it is historically rich. While sipping wine in the riverside hot springs today, true tales from Pagosa’s Wild West past seem surreal. The Anasazi maintained…
Pagosa’s Growing Spaces: Still Thriving After All These Years – I met Udgar Parsons in 1998 while enrolled in a 9-month Alchemical Hypnotherapy training program in Pagosa Springs, Colo. Udgar was an assistant for our group and I always valued the chance…
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