Pagosa Springs, Colorado

With 300+ days of sunshine per year, Pagosa Springs Colorado is surrounded by millions of acres of National Forest and Wilderness – and offers year-round recreational opportunities for visitors of all ages.

Visitors from around the world travel to Pagosa Springs to relax in the world famous mineral-rich Pagosa Hot Springs, known for their therapeutic qualities, while our many rivers, lakes and reservoirs offer anglers a wide choice of quality fishing in and around Pagosa Springs. Click to read about additional information on our waters and fishing licenses and supplies. Other water sports include whitewater rafting, boating and floating on nearby Navajo Lake, the San Juan River, the Piedra River and our many lakes and streams.

With more than 3 million acres of unspoiled trails in the San National Juan Forest, there are more than enough opportunities to enjoy Hiking, Mountain Biking and Climbing in and around Pagosa Springs. Pagosa Springs also offers a series of trail running, rafting and biking races throughout the year.

Visitors will also enjoy 27-holes of championship golf, while history lovers will discover the mystique of the Southwest Native American culture at Chimney Rock Archaeological Area.

Winter activities abound in Pagosa Springs, from skiing and snowboarding at nearby family friendly Wolf Creek Ski Area, known for “The Most Snow In Colorado,” to cross country skiing, snow shoeing and snowmobiling. And there is no shortage of deep blue winter skies.

Traveling to Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs is located in the southwestern corner of Colorado at the base of the Continental Divide.

Pagosa Springs lies 1 hour east of Durango, 2.5 hours north of Santa Fe, 3 hours north of Albuquerque and 5 hours southwest of Denver.

Archuleta County Airport at Steven’s Field serves private aircraft including Jets, and boasts an 8,100 foot runway and beautiful FBO facilities.  Commercial airlines connect through the La Plata County Airport in Durango. Other options include flying into Albuquerque, Denver, or Colorado Springs.

Arts and Entertainment

The Pagosa Springs arts and entertainment scene is constantly evolving. Local residents and visitors alike enjoy a brand new Pagosa Center for the Performing Arts, multiple art galleries, and year-round events.

Pagosa Springs annually finds itself the destination of world-class musicians for events ranging from the Pagosa Folk and Blue Grass Festival to Curtains Up Pagosa productions to the Four Corners Folk Festival.

Throughout the week, various local and regional bands can be found playing at local restaurants and other locations.

Pagosa Springs Schools & Youth Programs

Despite its small size, Pagosa Springs offers families a variety of quality educational and recreational resources. From private schools, an interactive charter school and a quality public school system, Pagosa Springs offers a plethora of educational options.

  • Archuleta County School District
  • Archuleta County Extension & 4H Program
  • Ruby Sission Library
  • Curtains Up Pagosa
  • Town of Pagosa Springs Park and Recreation Department
  • Seeds of Learning Preschool and Child Care
  • Pagosa Springs Center For The Arts
  • Wolf Creek Ski Children’s Programs

Links and Information

At an elevation of 7,079 feet, Pagosa Springs is located in the southwest corner of Colorado and is the gateway to numerous attractions within the Four Corners area.

With a county-wide population of almost 12,000, this mountain community offers a growing number of amenities and services. Local restaurants offer casual to exceptional dining and the downtown area boasts a variety of charming shops, businesses, and of course, the world-famous Hot Springs.

There is a medical center and hospital, dental, chiropractic and orthodontic care and a state-of-the-art high school.

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