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Pagosa Springs was a quaint little town nestled in a simply stunning valley in the Rocky Mountains, but it is slowly developing a tourist town feel.
However, it is still a gem.
It is very arid and "srubby" on all the approaches to the valley Pagosa Springs is located in, but when you crest Wolf Creek Pass and gaze down, the incredible sight will take your breath away. If you enter Pagosa on Highway 160 from the east, be sure to pull into the scenic overlook as you come over the summit and are headed down.
There are activities for every interest and age group. There are many trails to hike, most of which are located in the area which San Juan National Forest and the Wiminuche Wilderness. These are some of the most beautiful nature walks imaginable ranging in difficulty from easy to advanced and many lead to lovely waterfalls. You may even see working beaver dams. Be sure to take water and bug spray on your hikes. Hiking is a favorite activity to do there in addition to soaks in the hot mineral springs. You have two choices in hot springs: the old fashioned rustic type or the very modern and improved. There is white water rafting, horse back riding, bicycling, hot air ballooning, canoing, fishing, etc. There are also several quaint fun shops in town. There are also historic Indian sites close by that you can thoroughly tour and return from in a day. You can see some wonderful musicals put on by the extremely talented local Music Backers club. Be sure to bring pants, jackets, and a coat in the summer too. It gets very cool at night. If you like to snow ski, Wolf Creek Ski Area has some of the best snow and shortest lift lines of any place in Colorado or New Mexico. Be ready to relax and enjoy to incredible scenery and mountain air at beautiful Pagosa Springs, Colorado.