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Lunch & Tubing

My family (2 adults & 3 kids 15, 13, 9) will be stopping in Pagosa Springs on our way to Durango from the Great Sand Dunes. We will need to grab lunch and was thinking about tubing the San Juan River if the river is still high enough (mid July) before continuing to Durango. My questions are . .

Is Pagosa Outside the only outfitters that offers tubing?

Is there a place to grab lunch in that area with outdoor seating overlooking the river? Or possibly a picnic lunch?

Where is the spot where the hot springs seep into the river? Is it easily accessible?

Any input is appreciated!

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The huge Pagosa Hot Spring Hotel and 20 pool complex is in the center of town next to the river. The pools are all different shapes and temperatures with some having tiny waterfalls. These are all surrounded by mountain views. While you are in the pools soaking, you can see people walking below the pedestrian bridge into the river where the natural hot springs seep out. The kids were tubing near by.

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Welcome in advance to Pagosa Springs. Mid-July should be prime tubing time. Pagosa Outside is the only business that offers a shuttle between various put ins and take outs. You can also rent tubes from Ski & Bow Rack and Summit Ski & Sports (both located in the River Center shopping area, close to best put in).

Plenty of options for a picnic lunch along the river in downtown. Picnic tables are scattered on either side of the river. There's a deli downtown - Pikes Peak Deli, close to the river and picnic areas. Also, for outdoor seating overlooking river - Tequila's (mexican) is currently the only option. Outdoor seating in downtown Pagosa Springs is available at Kip's Grill, Farrago's, Riff Raff Brewery (opening next month downtown), and Bear Creek.

The hot springs seep into the river just east of the Hot Springs Road bridge. Easily accessible if you stay left on river as you approach the bridge (after you pass under pedestrian bridge, get left - before the road bridge). The "hippy dip" pool (named because it is free), is also accessible from the Mary Fisher Park. Lot's of picnic tables and a changing station to get in and out of bathing suits.

As mjdztep pointed out, there are also commercial hot springs. There are 3 different hot springs facilities downtown - Springs Resort now has 23 pools, Healing Waters has large swimming pool, saunas, etc and the Overlook offers rooftop tubs overlooking downtown and the Continental Divide.

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I notice that Pagosa Outside's website has some good information about when river flows are appropriate for tubing, plus other good info. pagosaoutside.com/pagosa-springs-tubing/

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Thanks to everyone for the responses. Lots of great information!

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