Pagosa Springs, CO

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Pagosa Springs showing a small town or village, watersports and a river or creek

Sail on a still lake, raft down a rushing river, and hike, bike or horseback ride along mountain trails before soothing tired muscles in hot springs.

For lovers of outdoor adventure, Pagosa Springs is a dream destination. Raise your heart rate with action-packed outdoor activities before relaxing in one of the town’s three hot springs resorts.

Spreading out from this mountain town is some 3,000,000 acres (1,200,000 hectares) of wilderness and national forest just waiting to be explored. Hurtle down the rapid-filled San Juan River on a raft, kayak or tube. More benign adventures can be experienced in the nearby Navajo State Park, where the still waters of a reservoir are perfect for fishing, boating and swimming. Walks in the park can yield sightings of everything from prickly pear cactus to free-roaming mule deer. Bald eagles can even be seen overhead.

From town, it’s just a short drive to the Wolf Creek Ski Area, which opens throughout winter. Zip down the slopes on skis, try ice-fishing or dog-sledding, or take the whole family on a festive sleigh ride. Families will also enjoy a visit to the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, home to bears and mountain lions, among other creatures.

Find out more about local history at Chimney Rock National Monument, a site encompassing ancient Ancestral Puebloan dwellings and ceremonial buildings. Make the 0.5-mile (0.8-kilometer) trek up the site, which is set at an elevation of 7,000 feet (2,000 meters) above sea level and promises spectacular views of Colorado as well as neighboring New Mexico. Culture-keen visitors will want to see the Fred Harman Art Museum. The museum is devoted to Fred Harman, the brains behind the Red Ryder and Little Beaver comic strips. More than 50 original pieces of this “cowboy art” can be viewed here.

When you need a break from exploring, sink into the soothing pools at one of the town’s three hot springs. The Springs Resort & Spa has 23 soaking pools, the Healing Waters Resort and Spa encompasses a hot mineral water pool, outdoor soaking tub and indoor hot baths, while Overlook Hot Springs Spa features rooftop tubs.

Pagosa Springs is located around 280 miles (450 kilometers) from Denver and 150 miles (240 kilometers) from Santa Fe.

Where to stay in Pagosa Springs

Alpine Inn of Pagosa Springs
Alpine Inn of Pagosa Springs
2 out of 5
8 Solomon Drive, Pagosa Springs, CO, 81147
The price is $100 per night from Jun 13 to Jun 14
Stay at this motel in Pagosa Springs. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (985 reviews)
"Beautiful little place & very accommodating"

Reviewed on May 14, 2022

Alpine Inn of Pagosa Springs
San Juan Motel
San Juan Motel
2.5 out of 5
191 East Pagosa Street, Pagosa Springs, CO, 81147
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $135 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this business-friendly motel in Pagosa Springs. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall ...
3.2/5 (294 reviews)
"Comfortable"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

San Juan Motel
HillSide Inn
HillSide Inn
2.5 out of 5
2 Solomon Dr, Pagosa Springs, CO, 81147
The price is $154 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Pagosa Springs. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
4/5 Very Good! (876 reviews)
"Nice clean & quiet room. Very friendly staff"

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

HillSide Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
IVACAZ Suites on the Golf Course
IVACAZ Suites on the Golf Course
3 out of 5
78 West Golf Place, Pagosa Springs, CO, 81147
The price is $131 per night from Jun 13 to Jun 14
Stay at this 3-star golf vacation home in Pagosa Springs. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the comfy beds in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (62 reviews)
"Amazing place! Very comfortable and great location. Scenic as well. We booked very late and they accommodated us and welcomed us very warmly! Would definitely stay again!"

Reviewed on May 7, 2022

IVACAZ Suites on the Golf Course
Newly Renovated Downtown Condo! Walk To Restaurants / Hot Springs
Newly Renovated Downtown Condo! Walk To Restaurants / Hot Springs
Pagosa Springs, CO
The price is $150 per night from Jun 18 to Jun 19
Stay at this family-friendly condo in Pagosa Springs. Enjoy a water park, WiFi, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the comfy beds ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (106 reviews)
Great Location
"Very nice and cozy Condo. Great location we walked everywhere with in 10 minutes. clean and well stocked . We would sit on the balcony and have our morning Coffee."

Reviewed on May 14, 2022

Newly Renovated Downtown Condo! Walk To Restaurants / Hot Springs
Best downtown studio, Fireplace
Best downtown studio, Fireplace
Pagosa Springs, CO
The price is $150 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this condo in Pagosa Springs. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and barbecue grills. Popular attractions Hippy Dip Hot Spring and San Juan Historical ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (63 reviews)
Perfect spot
"Wonderful condo right on main St, large porch. My dog & I enjoyed sitting on the porch and getting the lovely afternoon sun."

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2022

Best downtown studio, Fireplace
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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