Pagosa Springs has some of the best scenic drives in Colorado, surrounded by 3 million acres of wilderness and national forest areas. Below is a list of favorite drives in the area (in no particular order). For more information, stop in at the Visitor Center just across the Hot Springs Blvd bridge downtown. Our wonderful staff and volunteers are on-hand 7 days a week to steer you in the right direction. We've got free maps too!
Around Pagosa Springs
East Fork / Elwood Pass
Lobo Overlook / Radio Tower
Mill Creek to Quartz Lake Trailhead
Williams Creek Reservoir
A gorgeous lake nestled against the San Juan Mountains.
Enjoy hiking, fishing, or a scenic picnic. Williams Creek Reservoir is one of Pagosa's most accessible, scenic locales. Spend a day, spend the weekend. You won't be disappointed.
Wolf Creek Pass
USFS Road Status and Conditions
US Forest Service - Pagosa Ranger District
The San Juan National Forest encompasses about 1.8 million acres in the southwestern corner of Colorado. Terrain ranges from high-desert mesas to alpine peaks, with thousands of miles of back roads and hundreds of miles of trails to explore. These federal lands are managed for multiple uses and visitors are asked to respect each other and the natural resources. The Forest Supervisor's Office is located in the San Juan Public Lands Center in Durango, Colorado, with district offices in Bayfield, Dolores and Pagosa Springs.
For the latest on local conditions, contact the Pagosa Ranger District.