Nestled in the center of southwest Colorado, Pagosa Springs is a beautiful town surrounded by lush forest and the stunning mountains.
This small town is famous for its natural hot spring, waterfall hikes, trails, world-class fishing, the town’s hospitality, and overall tranquil atmosphere.
In this article, we’ll tell you how you can make the best out of your trip to this beautiful town.
When to Visit?
Visiting Pagosa Springs during mid-spring is a good idea as the town sees fewer tourists and the costs for accommodation are more affordable.
A one-bedroom vacation rental would cost you around $80, which is lesser than what you’d have paid during peak season. The weather is comfortable enough, with average temperatures hovering around mid-40s.
That said, if you wish to visit Pagosa Spring s during peak season, early spring is the best time. Also, hotel rates are higher during this time.
Here’s a list of fun things you can do on your trip to Pagosa Springs:
Springs Resort and Spa
Relax and pamper yourself at this luxurious resort by immersing yourself in one of the many hot springs it has to offer.
Perched on the edge of the famous San Juan River, this resort features twenty-three hot spring pools that are close to the rooms. The pools are spread along the edge of the river, and each pool has a different temperature and atmosphere to it so you can choose the one that fits best for you.
The Spa also has a lap pool if you wish to get some exercise and they also serve beer and wine so you can even enjoy drinks while soaking in the pool.
If you’re a guest, you can use the pools anytime you want. The public house, on the other hand, is open to all visitors throughout the year.
Experience the Cowboy Life at the High County Lodge
If you’re looking for a true Colorado experience, High County Lodge might just be the place for you.
Conveniently found in the scenic mountains between Wolf Creek and Pagosa Springs, this location makes the lodge a perfect destination in winter for visitors who wish to replace cold skiing with natural hot springs.
Book a cabin for an authentic Colorado experience. Brace yourself to be mesmerized by the beautiful mountains covered with lush forest. The lodge also features a private hiking trail just outside the cabin door, and since it’s private, you can enjoy a peaceful hike.
After you’re done hiking, soak yourself in the lodge’s hot tub or relax in the sauna. If you’re visiting during winter, you can even go for tubing.
The lodge also provides tubes and helmets. Reservations are required for tubing, and you’re requested to arrive fifteen minutes early to fill out the paperwork.
Visit Chimney Rock
Located in the southern side of the San Juan Mountains, Chimney Rock is an archaeological site marked by a weird-shaped mound perched on top of a narrow mesa.
The site also features archaeological remnants and artifacts that belonged to the Ancestral Puebloans. The site now preserves over 200 homes, ancient buildings, a pit house, and an underground kiva that are open for visitors to explore.
Chimney Rock is Colorado’s newest national treasure. The site is still considered sacred by many tribes.
For a truly unique and spiritual experience, look out for the full moon program at the site where you can witness the full moon rise above the Pueblo site while the Native Americans Play their flutes.
Experience Rooftop Hot Springs
There’s no shortage of hot springs in Pagosa Springs, but unlike most hot springs found here, Overlook Hot Springs is quite unique as it offers a tranquil Victorian atmosphere with three rooftop pools where you can get a panoramic view of the mountains and the river.
The rooftop also features a Jacuzzi and a sauna, and if you wish to stay indoors, there are 5 pools along with a private tub room.
The mineral waters of the hot springs are quite therapeutic and will even heal your pains and aches. Alternatively, you can also opt for a relaxing massage, a mud wrap, or a body scrub at the spa.
Piedra Falls hike
Piedra Falls is an incredibly beautiful waterfall located just an hour away from North Pagosa Springs. Experience the sound of the thundering waterfall as it cascades down into the V-shaped canyon covered with huge rocks.
A hike to the fall is always a good idea as the walk is not that long, and each trial is only a mile long, plus the elevation gain is quite minimal.
Also hike along the river, which stretches up to eight miles, and since the trail is well-marked and flat, it’s appropriate for all ages and abilities. You must, however, be careful as the path tends to be quite slippery when wet.
Alley House Grille
One of the best dining restaurants in town, Alley House specializes in both local and global cuisines. The restaurant has a classy but friendly vibe to it, and it is quite hospitable as well.
While the menu changes regularly, you can expect to find dishes such as sesame-crusted seared, lobster linguine, goat cheese, and herb polenta.
If you wish to enjoy your dinner on the patio, you’ll need to make a reservation in advance.
Riff Raff Brewing
There’s nothing quite like ending the day with a local beer in one of the many local brewers Pagosa Springs has to offer.
I recommend Riff Raff Brewing, one of the oldest breweries in Colorado that makes their beer via geothermal heat.
The brewery boasts 6 flagship beers which are available throughout the year. Their food menu also offers an extensive selection of sandwiches, burgers, and wings.
The place is open every day till 10 pm, except for Wednesdays, and if you drop by on the weekend, you’ll get to experience live music.