Pagosa Springs Attractions
There is no place in Colorado that celebrates the four seasons like Pagosa Springs, each having their own special activities, festivals and events. This hidden gem in the upper San Juan Basin, is home to over 3 million acres of San Juan National Forest, and adjacent to the largest wilderness area in the state of Colorado, the Weminuche Wilderness.
Surrounded by the San Juan Mountains, Pagosa boasts 300 days of sunshine a year and is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Here is just a sample of the boundless activities in the area.
Spring & Summer
River Rafting – In the Spring, Pagosa Country opens up as the snow melts into the rivers offering whitewater rafting and kayaking.
Hiking – Over 3 million acres of national forest and wilderness areas to explore. Get ready to experience nature while you hike amongst the waterfalls, rivers and aspen groves, all leading to magnificent vistas and overlooks.
Fishing – There are few areas that can boast the quantity and quality of fishing waters to equal those in Pagosa Springs. Streams, rivers, beaver ponds and lakes are all easily accessible and offer excellent fishing opportunities.
Golfing – Challenging golf course with 27 championship holes in the midst of unparalleled scenery.
Fall & Winter
Skiing/Snowboarding @ Wolf Creek – Wolf Creek is known for its early season skiing and quality powder snow. This ski area boasts over 300 inches of snow a year, the most in all of Colorado! Enjoy lift tickets that are 60% less than other Colorado ski resorts with virtually no lift lines.
Cross-Country Nordic/Snowshoeing – Pagosa Springs has over 50 km of groomed cross country ski trails and they are all free to use, thanks to the Pagosa Nordic Club. All groomed trails have a track for snowshoeing.
Snowmobiling – Feel the rush of snowmobiling in the Rocky Mountains!
Sleigh Rides – Enjoy the cozy sleigh ride in the middle of the national forest while sipping cocoa and taking in the beautiful scenery.
Dog Sledding – Experience the thrill of being pulled through the snow by a team of Alaskan Malamutes as you take in the dramatic and beautiful scenery of Southwest Colorado. Nestle underneath the down filled sleeping bags as you listen to the sound of the paws and runners gliding over the snow. When you return, hot cocoa & marshmallows will be ready for you to enjoy as you meet the Malamutes in person to reward them for a job well done.
Sledding/Tubing – This is a favorite activity for many during the winter months. There are many free sledding hills such as Reservoir Hill behind Healing Waters, near the parking area at Lobo Overlook, or pretty much any other hill you come across.
Hunting – Southwest Colorado is known for its big game hunting. The public lands and forests afford an outstanding big game habitat where licensed hunters can enjoy some of the finest hunting in North America.
Hot Air Balloon Rides – Float peacefully up in the air while taking in the expansive views of the Continental Divide. In September, Pagosa Springs hosts ColorFest, a weekend full of events including a mass hot air balloon ascension, a balloon glow, and of course, lots of hot air balloons.
The Springs Resort & Spa – The Springs Resort & Spa is located on the banks of the San Juan River in downtown Pagosa Springs. Offering 23 naturally hot therapeutic mineral pools and a mineral water lap pool fed by the World’s Deepest Geothermal Hot Spring. Temperatures range from 87–114°F. Hotel lodging is available on-site, hotel guests have 24-hour access to the springs. Full-service Spa offers massage, body treatments and chiropractic services. There are also Public bathhouse, lockers, showers, towel/robe rentals onsite.