About Pagosa Springs
Named by the Utes who inhabited the beautiful land, Pagosa Springs was named “Pagosah”, which translates into “healing waters”. In this small town, anyone can take a break from it all, and rejuvenate their heart, mind, body, and soul. For anyone that simply wants to take refuge from the hustle and bustle of a busy life, just 56 miles east of Durango, the quaint town of Pagosa Springs is surrounded by the San Juan National Forest
Things to Do In Pagosa Springs
Whether you are an adventurer looking for the next mountain to climb, or you want to enjoy a calming atmosphere, Pagosa Springs has much to offer. To rejuvenate, take a dip in what many people consider the “world’s hottest hot springs”. After relaxing, take a dip in the San Juan River, enjoying the beautiful scenery. If you’d rather amp up the adventure level, there are hundreds of trails in the canyons, Mesa Verde National Park, or Reservoir Hill. You can even take a boat out to the beautiful Navajo Lake—which descends southward into New Mexico—or you could try Williams Lake —which is stocked with cutthroat trout, yellow perch, large-mouth bass, and rainbow trout.
Once you are tired out from all the recreational activities, you can enjoy the unique shopping along Main St., or relax by the fire in the nearby Wolf Creek Ski lodge. With the untouched beauty of the Weminuche and the South San Juan Wilderness Areas, at Pagosa Springs, you’ll never run out of things to do!
Explore the mystery of the only mountain home of the Anasazi at nearby Chimney Rock Ruins where these ancient farmers lived some 1,000 years ago. The twin pinnacles were once a scared shrine to the "Ancient Ones". Later, the unusual formations were a landmark for prospectors, missionaries and conquistadors who settled this rugged country. While clambering among the ruins, keep an eye out for the endangered peregrine falcon which nests here.