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The Best Day in Pagosa Springs, CO

February 24, 2022

Welcome to All the Best Days! Pagosa Springs is the best road trip stop on your journey through CO. Here’s how I’m spending my best day!

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The Best Day in Pagosa Springs, CO

Have your Best Day in Pagosa Springs! A road trip must stop on your journey through Colorado. Let’s go!

GET MOVING:

  • Treasure Falls is 15 miles east of Pagosa, located right off the 160. This 105 foot waterfall was named Treasure Falls after a local legend about “a treasure of gold” buried in the mountain from Frenchman back in the late 1700s when they were on Spanish-turf at the time. While you can see the falls from the parking lot, you should take the 0.5 mile hike up to the viewing deck for exceptional views of the raging falls and a fair warning, you will get wet out on the view deck!
  • Take a walk along the river downtown! The San Juan River Walk in downtown Pagosa Springs is an easy, flat 2 mile walk with picturesque mountain views and great family photo spots. You can park right across the river from the Springs Resort or by the visitor center to hop on the trail.

GET COFFEE:

  • Root House – a perfect coffee shop in my opinion. Fabulous drinks, pastries and curated gifts.

GET SHOPPING:

GET FOOD:

  • Two Chicks & A Hippie – Get the Skier! It is biscuits and gravy, smothered in green chili. GET OUT OF HERE SO GOOD!
  • Kips Grille – Get the smothered green chili cheeseburger.

GET INSPIRED:

  • Chimney Rock National Monument is marked by an odd-shaped, skinny rock mound perched atop a narrow mesa. Here, you will find thousands of acres of artifacts and archaeological remnants from the Ancestral Puebloans who used to live here. See ancient buildings, an underground kiva, a pit house, and homes. Chimney Rock is one of the nation’s newest national monuments. It is considered sacred and still has spiritual meaning to many tribes.
  • Look for the Chimney Rock Full Moon Program, where visitors can watch the full moon rise at the Great House Pueblo site to the live sounds of the Native American flute.

GET TOURISTY:

  • The Springs Resort and Spa There are a multitude of hot springs in Pagosa Springs, with the most popular being The Springs Resort right off the San Juan River in downtown Pagosa Springs. The Springs Resort hosts 25 hot springs pools and a day pass will cost you $50/person.
  • But if you just want to soak in a free hot spring, you will find TWO just waiting for you in the San Juan River. Park your car by the visitor center and walk about 50 feet down to the San Juan River where you will see two hot springs just below the bridge. You can relax as long as you like while enjoying the view! Bring a robe to take it to the next level.

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