Pagosa Springs has some of the best stretches of hiking trails in the Country, surrounded by 3 million acres of wilderness and national forest areas. Below is a list of favorite trails in the area (in no particular order):
Amazing waterfalls! This mild 7 mile out and back hike winds through a river valley to reach the spectacular falls, providing impressive views along the way. From downtown Pagosa Springs, drive north on Fourmile Road, turn right just past Pagosa Peak Ranch, for about 14 miles to the end of the road.
These spectacular falls don't take long to get to, about a ¼ mile hike in, and can be viewed from the highway. Drive east on Highway 160 from downtown Pagosa Springs about 15 miles to a large parking area on the right side of the road.
This easy to moderate hike through gorgeous box canyons with sheer cliffs on both sides, the rushing river and great fly fishing can thrill any hiker! To get to the trailhead, take Piedra Road north 16 miles. After crossing the Piedra River, park in the parking area on the right. Cross Piedra Road and hike up the hill to the trail.
Groves of large aspen line this trail and takes you through a meadow leading you to the lake which is bordered by wooded hillsides and a sheer mountain face. Minerals deposited at the inlet of the lake give it its milky color. To get to this hike, drive south on highway 84 from Pagosa Springs approximately 8 miles to Blanco Basin Road. After driving 10 miles, turn right across the Blanco River Bridge. Follow the Castle Creek Road to the signed junction for the Opal Lake Trailhead.
This breathtaking hike in the Weminuche Wilderness offers a panoramic view of the surrounding San Juan Mountain Range. This hike can be easy to moderate to extremely difficult, depending on how far you hike in. The easiest access points are near the top of Wolf Creek Pass. To get to the trailheads drive east on Highway 160 about 20 miles from downtown Pagosa Springs, to the Wolf Creek Summit. Park at the Continental Divide sign, there are trails across the meadow or across Hwy 160 from there. Another option is starting from Lobo Overlook. Take a left on the road just across from the Continental Divide sign. Drive 1.5 miles to the Lobo Overlook parking area and telephone microwave tower site. The trail starts right behind the tower site and intersects with the CDT trail. Given that the CDT traverses 80+ miles through the San Juan Mountains, pick a segment and explore. It will leave you wanting to explore the trail further.
This is a great day hike to some impressive falls, only a 15-30 minute hike each way. A great hike for families with children. To get there, drive north on Piedra Road to Sportsman’s Supply, turn onto the road behind it, follow this road for two miles and take the East Fork Road (first road to the right) to its end. Walk up river to the headgate where the trailhead begins.
This 7.5 mile hike departs from nearly 12,000 feet on the Continental Divide and descends downhill to the lake. It has gorgeous alpine scenery, incredible wildflowers and the setting for the crystal clear lake itself is striking! Well worth the trip. Take Highway 160 east over Wolf Creek Pass to Park Creek Road. There is a small wooden sign that is easy to miss on the right side. Park along the road and begin hiking at the sign.
The highlights of this trail are the wildlife and a scenic creek. You'll also see lots of spring wildflowers, aspen groves and dense spruce forests. The entire trail is 20 miles with an elevation gain of 5000 ft. It's only 5 miles before the first creek crossing. To get there, drive 7.3 miles northeast of Pagosa Springs on Highway 160 to Jackson Mountain access road on the left. Follow the road 4 miles to the end. If you're looking for a challenge, this is the hike for you!
This trail wanders through conifers and aspen. It's about 6.5 miles each way. To get there, take Piedra Road north to Williams Lake Road. The trail begins on Williams Lake Road at mile marker 4.1, just past the Cimmarona Campground on the left side.
Pagosa Peak is the highest point in the area, offering stunning views! To get there, drive north on Piedra Road to Road #633 which becomes Plum Taw Road on the right. Take it several miles to a gated entrance to a rugged road on the left. Drive 4 miles until you see the single track trail on the left.
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