Explore the San Juan Mountains
Surrounded by over 3 million acres of national forest and wilderness areas, you’ll find yourself in the center of nature’s playground in Pagosa Springs. With the San Juan Mountains and a variety of outdoor activities at your doorstep, along with hot springs, charming shops, historic sites, and an assortment of artisans, you'll find plenty to do in Pagosa.
As summer winds down and the temperatures begin to cool, the leaves begin to show hues of orange, reds and yellows. With hillsides filled with color and a variety of trails that offer incredible images of the fall foliage, a trip to Pagosa to view the leaves changing is a welcome retreat.
Fourmile Falls - Fall Trail
Turn north at the downtown clock tower, then left on Fifth Street which becomes Fourmile Road. Follow Fourmile Road (County Rd 400/FDR 645) for 13 miles to the trailhead. Trailhead elevation is 9,200 feet. This trail provides relatively easy walking for the first three miles to the waterfall. The views are amazing and fall color is abundant.
Opal Lake - Fall Trail
To reach Opal Lake, go south out of Pagosa Springs on Highway 84 approximately eight miles to Blanco Basin Road. Follow east to Castle Creek Road. Turn right across the Blanco River and follow the road two miles to a parking area identified by a sign denoting the trailhead. The lake is a short two-mile hike from the trailhead that travels through an amazing Aspen forest.
Poison Park - Fall Trail
Travel west on U.S. Hwy 160 to Piedra Road (FDR 631), north 22 miles on Piedra Road, right on Williams Lake Road (FDR 640). Proceed 3.5 miles, turn left on FDR 664. Go 3 miles to the trailhead at road's end. The trailhead elevation is 9,210 feet. The first few miles of the hike travel though an Aspen forest.