Pagosa Springs is home to the World’s Largest Hot Springs which is a destination place for tourists and a favorite for locals as well. Enjoy exercising in the beautiful San Juan Mountains and end the day with a pampering massage followed by a relaxing soak in the Hot Springs to completely rejuvenate you!
Hiking is a favorite activity in the San Juan National Forest. You can hike to the breathtaking Treasure Falls waterfall, visit Beautiful Opal Lake or hike the Continental Divide from the top of Wolf Creek Pass. There are many trails in all directions in varying terrain and skill levels – get out and enjoy the spectacular scenery that is southwestern Colorado.
Mountain bikers have limitless opportunities to explore a multitude of Forest Service roads and trails with a wide variety of routes and terrains. For this reason, Pagosa Springs has become an ideal mountain biking destination for riders of all skill levels.
Fishing is a favorite sport in Pagosa County and boasts some of the best fishing in the state – whether you prefer a pristine mountain river for flying fishing or one of the many lakes or reservoirs perfect for hanging out on the shore or in a boat – you will find it all a short distance away. And if you prefer, all you have to do is go out your door and you’ll find the beautiful Blanco River winding around our park.
River sports are a popular activity in Pagosa Springs and it’s a major destination point for rafters, kayakers and tubers with waters that are inviting for both beginners and challenging for the most seasoned river runners. The Blanco River is on site and only a short distance away are the San Juan, Piedra and Animas rivers – offering something for everyone.
Discover the San Juan Mountains on horseback. See the breathtaking views of the San Juan and Weminuche Mountains from the back of a horse.
Four wheeling and ATV roads galore can be found in every direction you turn so if this is what you enjoy there’s no better backdrop than that provided by the various mountain ranges, stream and waterfalls of scenic southwestern Colorado.
You can also do a round of golf in Pagosa Springs or enjoy other courses that are only a short scenic drive away.
If Big Game Hunting is your passion, there are over 4 million acres total in the San Juan and Rio Grande national forests surrounding Pagosa Springs of varied elevation and diverse tertian. This area is home to black bears, cougars and bighorn sheep as well as herds of mule deer and elk that migrate into the area. There are also some Shiros moose seen occasionally grazing in the high country.
Pagosa Springs is a short drive to many of the Southwest’s well known scenic destinations.
- You can visit Creede for a historical mining tour.
- Durango is the starting point for the incredible Durango-Silverton Railway run through the beautiful San Juan Mountains.
- Chimney Rock National Monument is a archaeological site that houses artifacts left by the Ancestral Puebloan people that lived in this area 1,000 years ago.
- Mesa Verde National Park is our nation’s third most visited national park and offers a view back in time at the lives of the “Anasazi” (Navajo for “Ancient Ones”), who lived in these spectacular cliff dwellings over 1,000 years ago and mysteriously disappeared.
- The Great Sand Dunes National Park is located at the base of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range which includes 4 of Colorado’s 54 14,000 foot peaks and has had millions of years collecting the sand of the San Luis Valley into dunes several hundred feet high. It’s great fun to hike the dunes and then run down them as the sand cushions your fall. There is a river running in front of the Dunes that has surge flows similar to an ocean’s waves when flowing.
- The Royal Gorge Bridge is a huge suspension bridge over a deep gorge worn hundreds of feet down by the river below and quite a sight to see if you dare to look.