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Pagosa Springs

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Pagosa Springs is a town in Southwestern Colorado along the San Juan River.

Pagosa is most famous for its natural hot springs. Many businesses run on geothermal energy provided by the natural hot springs, and ther are three locations to enjoy soaking in the natural mineral water.

There are also many opportunities for recreational activities nearby; such as the Wolf Creek Ski Area, Treasure Falls, Festivals and Events. The beautiful San Juan River runs through the center of downtown Pagosa Springs, Colorado with plenty of parks and public access. Pagosa Springs is surrounded by almost 3,000 square miles of the San Juan National Forest.

Get in[edit]

The nearest commercial airport to Pagosa Springs is the Durango/La Plata County Airport [5] near Durango, which offers commuter air service to the major airports at Denver and Phoenix.

Durango is about 60 miles west of Pagosa Springs on US Highway 160. From the east, US-160 connects Pagosa Springs to Alamosa via the Wolf Creek Pass. The scenery is spectacular, but take care as the road receives heavy snowfall and is often closed during the winter. To the south, US-84 crosses over the state line to Chama, New Mexico and beyond that Santa Fe.

Get around[edit]

The central part of Pagosa Springs, where the hot springs are, is small and easily walkable. However the outer parts of town are growing quickly, especially the western part where there's plenty of new residences and big box stores. For those areas, a car is needed, but locals are friendly to hitchhikers going uptown and downtown. The Mountain Express Bus travels all over town[6].

See[edit][add listing]

  • The Springs Resort, 165 Hot Springs Blvd, +1 970 264-4168, [7]. Summer Hours: 7AM - 12PM, Winter: 7AM - 11PM. Easily the most popular attraction in Pagosa Springs is the natural hot mineral springs, which are widely believed to have therapeutic abilities. This resort offers 23 outdoor mineral pools terraced along the banks of the San Juan River, plus an outdoor mineral pool. $24.50 adults, $19 seniors, $14 children.
  • San Juan Historical Museum, at the corner of First and Pagosa Streets, [8].

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Wolf Creek Ski Area, Highway 160 about 20 miles east of town, +1 970 264-5639, [9]. 8:30AM-4PM. A small, family-run facility, Wolf Creek has the most snow in Colorado at an average of 465 inches annually. Its seven lifts serve many trails, from groomed easy and intermediate trails to difficult runs with lots of trees. A ski school, equipment rental shop, gift shop, and food service are on the premises, but there is no lodging available at the ski area. Lift tickets: $63 adult full-day, $48 adult half-day, $34 child/senior full-day, $27 child/senior half-day (3 day passes available, equipment rentals and ski school extra).
  • Liberty Theater 418 Pagosa Street (on Main Street downtown) 970-264-7469. Established in 1919, the Liberty Theatre is the fourth oldest theater in Colorado and is a historic landmark. [10]
  • Pagosa MAKERS Expo & Tour, 2313 Eagle Drive, 970-731-2766, [1]. 10 am - 5 pm. The Pagosa MAKERS Expo & Tour, October 12-13, 2013, a fun and interactive maze of exhibits, displays and demonstrations by those in Archuleta County who make stuff, create objects, design goods, invent gadgets and concoct things. Representing more than 90 MAKERS, the Pagosa MAKERS Expo & Tour will have 31 booths at expo venues and 20 tour locations. Pick up your FREE full color guide and map at the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce, Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts or SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts in Pagosa Springs or visit FREE.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Choke Cherry Tree 4760 W. Highway 160 970-731-4951 The Choke Cherry Tree is a great place to get delicious home-made candies and chocolates.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Boss Hogg's Saloon 157 Navajo Trail Dr.,(970) 731-2626‎. The salad bar and soup are great and are served in a rustic atmosphere.
  • Chavolos Taqueria 301 N Pagosa Blvd (970) 731-2501. ‎Excellent Mexican food is served in large portions with a good price and great Margaritas.
  • DSP Pizzeria 100 Country Center (970) 731-0420. New York style pizza with beer on tap.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Pagosa Springs Inn and Suites, 519 Village Drive, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147, 970-731-3400, [2].  edit
  • Pagosa Lodge, 3505 West Highway 160 Pagosa Springs CO 81147, 970 731 4141, [3]. checkin: 3pm; checkout: 11am.  edit
  • The Springs Resort & Spa, 165 Hot Springs Blvd, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147, 970-264-4168, [4]. checkin: 4:00pm; checkout: 11:00am. 79 Rooms from standard to suite accommodations. Rooms to fit any budget. Pet friendly. 24-hour hot springs access. Full service spa. Walk to restaurants. $189+.  edit


Get out[edit]

Highway 160 North to Alamosa, CO can be treacherous during all seasons as you drive through Wolf Creek Pass. Many people die each year when driving through the steep grades and tight switchbacks. Be especially careful when driving during the winter. Highway 160 West to Durango, CO is safe, but be extremely wary of wildlife at night and icy roads in winter. There is no cellular service from Aspen Springs to Bayfield (30 mi).

Routes through Pagosa Springs
END  N noframe S  ChamaSanta Fe
Mesa Verde National ParkDurango  W noframe E  AlamosaWalsenburg

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