DescriptionPagosa (healing water) Springs, aptly named by the Ute Indians who vied for possession of the area's thermal springs, became a lumbering center and popular spa in the late 19th century. Bursting from the earth at 140 degrees Fahrenheit, the waters are used to heat some of the community's buildings. Today's bathers enjoy the waters at a variety of pools open to the public.
Numerous lakes and the surrounding lands of the San Juan National Forest and the Weminuche Wilderness Area offer a wide variety of year-round recreational opportunities, including fishing, hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, rafting, hot air ballooning, hunting, alpine and cross-country skiing, ice skating and snowmobiling; phone (970) 247-4874. Just 17 miles west of the city is the 3,160-acre Chimney Rock National Monument, set atop a high mesa that contains hundreds of Ancestral Puebloan sites. Tours and interpretive events are available.
Visitor InfoPagosa Springs Area Visitor Center 105 Hot Springs Blvd. PAGOSA SPRINGS, CO 81147. Phone:(970)585-1200 or (800)252-2204
Things to SeeFred Harman Art Museum
SkiingWolf Creek Ski Area
White-water RaftingAAM's Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Tours Inc.