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Pagosa Springs is a beautiful and unique Colorado mountain town that has a little something for everyone. You can enjoy a wide variety of activities in both winter and summer, from a relaxing getaway to a great outdoor adventure. Central to great attractions like the historic Cumbres and Toltec Railroad, rafting on the San Juan river, the famous natural mineral hot springs and much more, Pagosa offers a vacation getaway for every family.
Pagosa Springs is a very "long" town with a Highway 160 cutting through the middle running East and West and typically divided into 3 regions: Downtown, Pagosa Lakes and County. The downtown area is centered around the historic hub as well as the famous Hot Springs pools. The Pagosa Lakes region is the area to the west of town with options typically 2-3 miles from the downtown area. The County area also offers a wide variety of lodging options as well and is the area to the east of downtown Pagosa towards Wolf Creek Pass.
Pagosa Springs Colorado History:
Countless centuries ago, the inhabitants of the Four Corners area of southern Colorado discovered a mineral-rich hot springs on the banks of the San Juan River. During the 1870's a U.S. government fort, Fort Lewis, was established near the site of the springs, and shortly thereafter, a town called Pagosa Springs began growing up along the banks of the San Juan River.
Pagosa Springs Lifestyle and Recreational Activities:
This great western town has the perfect mix of natural beauty, diverse culture and western heritage. Recently named as one of the "Fifty Next Great Adventure Towns" by National Geographic Adventure Magazine, Pagosa Springs sits just thirty minutes west of the Continental Divide and Wolf Creek Ski Area in Southern Colorado. Surrounded by the San Juan Forest and Southern Ute Indian lands, Pagosa Springs' namesake comes from the Southern Ute word "Pagosah," which translates to "healing waters".
Today, the public can enjoy these hot springs with 3 different options located in the heart of Pagosa: a rustic homegrown springs, indoor and rooftop tubs and pools that sit terraced along the banks of the beautiful San Juan River. The source of these geothermal-heated therapeutic mineral waters is the famous Great Pagosa Aquifer...the world's largest and deepest hot mineral spring. Visitors from around the world have come over the centuries to experience their legendary healing attributes or simply to relieve the tensions and stresses of everyday life.
Pagosa Springs Quick Facts:
7,126' above sea level
Semi-arid climate - 300 days of sunshine, 17.35 inches of rain and 67.4 inches of snow per year.
1,591 in Town
San Juan National Forest and adjacent to the largest contiguous wilderness area in the nation, the Weminuche Wilderness.
The Upper San Juan Basin
As part of the Four Corners region of Southwest Colorado, Pagosa is located just 35 miles north of the New Mexico border and along the Western slope of the Continental Divide. The mountainous terrain and high desert plateau with Rocky Mountains to the North and East has attracted countless ancient Indian tribes, Spanish explorers, and fortune seekers throughout the centuries. Each of these cultures left behind remnants, including 2 of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the U.S., which provides visitors a rich interpretive cultural heritage with something for every member of the family. The Four Corners area offers visitors a myriad of outdoor adventures and unmatched scenic beauty. The soaring cliffs, ragged peaks, alpine pools, three million acres of wilderness, cascading rivers, and soothing hot springs have been a source of inspiration to visitors, both young and old, for centuries, with a little something for every family.