Pagosa Springs Travel Guide

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Pagosa Springs Things to Do

  • Williams Lake

    Everyone should take a drive to Williams Lake and have a picnic. The scenery is beautiful. It is a great place to walk along the lake, go fishing, or just enjoy the views.For those that may be more adventurous I would suggest the Williams Creek Trail.

  • Walking trail along the river

    We didn't spend much time in Pagosa Springs. However, we did enjoy a nice walk along the river with views of the mountains and the hot springs at the Pagosa Springs Resort. We also visited the Visitor Center which is located right next to the Pagosa Springs Spa & Resort. I bought a couple of postcards and chatted with the friendly locals who worked...

  • Hiking - Hiking - Hiking

    Pagosa Springs is full of back country hiking, with many waterfalls. They have some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Colorado and the U.S. Some are easy hikes, some are moderate, and some are difficult. When you get to town, you can pick up a free Pagosa Springs guide at the Chamber of Commerce, and there is a page in it called "Where Ya...


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Pagosa Springs Restaurants

  • Squirrel Pub & Pantry at the Best...

    This restaurant had good food. We only ate dinners there and the hotels continental breakfast but were satisfied. The first night we stayed we had their burger and fries special for $5. The burgers tasted great, were oversized and you can't beat the price. The bar has happy hour from 4:30-6 p.m. $1 domestic beers like Budweiser and Coors. There is...

  • Don't Miss the Prime Rib

    Both of these restaurants have some of the best prime rib I've ever tasted! However, the seafood is great too. These are also about the only two nicest restaurants in town as far as class. The rest of the restaurants in town are good, and very laid back/casual. Prime Rib!

  • Don't miss the Barbeque

    The Branding Iron is a wonderful Barbeque restaurant. Take a few moments to sit outside on the porch and watch the Humming Birds. For those of you that have small children they are in for a special treat. The High chairs are a saddle placed on a sawhorse. So your young cowboy or girl can imagine he or she is eating on the range. I especially love...


Pagosa Springs Transportation

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    by whatson Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Fly into Durango or Albuquerque. Driving from Farmington or Santa Fe is possibile too.
    If you don't have a car or bike you aren't going far in Pagosa Springs. No public transportation at all and the town just isn't designed well for sidewalks only busy, dusty Highway160.

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Pagosa Springs Local Customs

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    by whatson Written Oct 4, 2002

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    The local population is a mix of hard boiled locals and more recent refugees from California, Texas, and New Mexico. Tourists are only semi welcome and tend to stand out. People struggle hard to make a living most of the time so it's appreciated if you spend some money here.

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Pagosa Springs Warnings and Dangers

  • It's really beautiful when it...

    It's really beautiful when it snows but driving to or from Pagosa during a snowstorm is not a good idea. It's not hard to slide off the road or get stuck in the snow, even with a four-wheel drive, and visibility at night is a real danger.

  • If you want to move here, rent...

    If you want to move here, rent is inexpensive here but it's tough to make a living. The economy will only really support practical necessities like fast food, gasoline, construction, etc. We watched a lot of people go out of business here. As the old joke goes, how do you make a million dollars in Pagosa Springs? Bring two.

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Pagosa Springs What to Pack

  • Camera, Mosquito Repellent (at dusk...

    Good hiking / walking shoes. Clothing - always keep a jacket close by. If you don't like the weather will change in 5 minutes so stick around! Mosquito repellant - these varments love me...but luckily only come out at dusk! Camera with a zoom lense - waterfalls and mountains galore! Forest Service campgrounds ($8 per evening) are...

  • Packing List

    It's usually sunny, even in Winter but it can get cold. It can suddenly rain hard but doesn't usually last more than an hour. Snow can be heavy from October through April so bring snow gear, good tires, chains just in case.

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Pagosa Springs Off The Beaten Path

  • A Beautiful Waterfall

    One of the prettiest vistas I have seen in the Pagosa area is a hike to Piedra Falls. It is quite a drive to get there, but the hike is well worth it.The hike is not a difficult or long one, nor is elevation a problem. But the view of the fall is spectacular and the flow is sufficient that it is still an impressive sight even on excessively dry...

  • There's a little historical...

    There's a little historical museum on the east end of town that's worth a quick look. To the west a few miles out of town on 160 is Chimney Rock. That's a decent walk and there's Anasazi ruins up at the top (kivas with a view). I'd recommend visiting the kivas off season (fall, winter) when there's nobody around.

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  • Find the waterfalls

    Get off the beaten track and view the beautiful scenery. There are many wonderful hikes to take that are relatively easy. The views will be well worth the time and effort. When I am away from Pagosa I miss the opportunity to hike the mountains at a relatively low elevation but with scenery that rivals anything that I have seen at 10,000 feet and...

  • Visit The Springs!. There's...

    Visit The Springs!. There's many different pools of different temperatures and it's open all night. It's practically a theme park of hot springs. Across the street is the older hot springs that is the more authentic but is pretty funky. The mineral water swimming pool is kind of unique though. Besides the springs, Pagosa also has hunting, fishing,...

  • John195123's General Tip

    On an outing sponsored by the school I attend to the Wemanuchee Wilderness (sp) we stopped, on the way back at a hot Springs near Pagosa Springs. We had just come back from four days of hiking in the wilderness, beautiful beyond description. The peaceful hot springs were welcome to our tired bodies. What a great start to Freshman year in...


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