Pagosa Springs CO: An Adventure Seeker’s Destination

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado is an adventure lover’s dream destination. Thanks to its idyllic location at the foot of the Continental Divide and surrounded by the sprawling San Juan Forest, Pagosa Springs has plenty to offer the adventure seeker looking for a fun-filled weekend. And given that it’s blessed with four distinct seasons, there’s never a bad time to stop by Pagosa Springs.

Here’s how to make the most of your visit.

Break a sweat

Pagosa Springs averages some 300 sunny days per year, so don’t be afraid to break a sweat while you’re there. Hike into the surrounding San Juan forests and mountains or take advantage of the trails with a spot of trail running or mountain biking. If you’re lucky, you might even stumble across a waterfall or two.

Feeling sporty? Make time for a round of golf while in Pagosa Springs. You’ll find both traditional and disc golf courses in the area. Meanwhile, if you’ve got decent upper body strength, put it to the test with some rock climbing. What better place to scale a mountain than in Colorado, after all?

Take a drive

Given the picturesque vistas which surround Pagosa Springs on all sides, it’s no surprise that the town has plenty of scenic drive routes for visitors to enjoy. Head along Wolf Creek Pass and spend an hour or two in Creede, before driving back to Pagosa Springs, or venture out of town to the Mesa Verde National Park.

Cool down in Pagosa Springs

The San Juan River cuts right through the town of Pagosa Springs and there are plenty of water-based activities on offer. Stay dry with a spot of fly fishing – the river is stocked with trout over the summer months – or try your hand at tubing towards the end of summer instead.

Not adrenaline-pumping enough? During spring and into summer, the melting snow makes the San Juan River perfect for a spot of white-water rafting. Over on the lakes, give stand up paddleboarding a go and soak up the surrounding scenery of the Rockies.

Meanwhile, in the winter months come snow and ice and, with them, a world of winter sporting activity options. Choose from skiing and snowboarding or keep it casual with some light snowshoeing or snowmobiling. You can even give dogsledding a go! Finally, unleash the child within and sled down the mountainside before strapping on your skates for a spot of ice skating.

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Get back to nature

You are in the US Southwest, so a horseback ride is practically obligatory. However, if you’d prefer to keep your distance from the local fauna, there are plenty of other wildlife watching options available. Look out for elk, deer and black bears while you’re driving, hiking or camping in and around Pagosa Springs.

Chill out

If you’re all adventured out, there are plenty of relaxing things to do in the small Colorado town of Pagosa Springs. Pay a visit to the hot springs from which the town takes its name, at The Springs Resort & Spa, where you’ll find the world’s deepest geothermal spring, also known as the Mother Spring. Soothe your aching bones in the so-called healing waters of these bubbling natural attractions and let the mineral-rich water work its therapeutic magic. Alternatively, stop by Overlook Mineral Springs Spa or Healing Waters Resort and Spa. Their hot springs are fed by the Mother Spring and offer just as much relaxation potential.

Get high… In the air

No, not like that. Weed may be legal across the state of Colorado, but we’re talking about a different kind of high – the hot air balloon high. Get your heart pumping and really make the most of the spectacular scenery in and around Pagosa Springs by booking a hot air balloon ride. It’ll make for an experience you’ll never forget.  

Engage in a little retail therapy

Alternatively, if retail therapy is your bag, you’ll be pleased to hear that Pagosa Springs, Colorado has a wealth of small shops stocking everything from sporting goods to charming souvenirs. Stroll through the Downtown District to soak up that small-town vibe which Pagosa Springs so exudes. While you’re in the area, be sure to support local business with a stop at VOORMI, a US-manufactured apparel brand based in the San Juan area. Given the quality of their natural fiber clothing, don’t be surprised to see plenty of people round town sporting their wares, either!

Grab a drink

Pagosa Springs is home to two award-winning breweries, so don’t leave town without sampling some of the excellent local booze. At Riff Raff Brewing, try one of their earth-powered flagships brews or head to the Pagosa Brewing Company instead, where you’ll find a range of unusual beers, like the intriguing Coconut Porter. Round out your evening (and soak up the alcohol) with a stop by the east side market street food trucks.

About Haley Kieser

My name is Haley and I am originally from Arizona. I have lived also lived in Minnesota and South Dakota. Among my favorites are being outdoors, traveling, Arizona sunsets, Midwest greenery, craft beer, and the Green Bay Packers.

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