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The Top 4 Waterfalls in Pagosa Springs

There are four magnificent, accessible waterfalls in the Pagosa Springs area. We've listed each waterfall below in order of ease of accessibility from downtown Pagosa Springs. We don't believe "if you've seen one, you've seen them all." Each of our waterfalls is a unique experience, and we highly suggest a visit to each one. And, springtime often provides the best experience to enjoy the amazing runoff.


A photo of Treasure Falls east of Pagosa SpringsTreasure Falls

Folklore and legend surround the Treasure Falls area. Treasure Falls, a 100' waterfall visible from Hwy 160, is said to get its name from a chest of gold buried somewhere nearby. As legend has it, a group of Frenchmen was rumored to have been pursued by a band of Spaniards or Native Americans. Just before their capture, the Frenchmen allegedly buried the chest, and it remains unfound to this day. Travelers can either enjoy the view from the highway or take a short 1/4 mile hike to the Misty Deck where they can feel the spray from the falls. This is a great family hike with benches to rest along the way.

 

To Get There:

Head east from downtown Pagosa Springs on Highway 160 for 15 miles. The parking lot is just off the shoulder of the highway. The trailhead elevation starts at 8,112'. Just left of the parking lot lies the trailhead. Follow the trail 1/4 mile to a bridge at the base of the falls. Just above is an observation point close to the falls.


A photo of Piedra Falls northwest of Pagosa SpringsPiedra Falls

Tumbling down volcanic cliffs in two broad steps, Piedra Falls is one of the most visited waterfalls in the Pagosa area. The hike is roughly 1/2 mile from the trailhead to the falls. Hikers can expect a thirty-minute round-trip hike. This hike is excellent for families with children of all ages.

To Get There:

Drive north of Piedra Road (CR 600 / FS 631) 17.8 miles to the junction at Sportman's Campground. Leave Piedra Road and continue on Middle Fork Rd (FS 636) for two miles. Take the first road to the right, East Toner Rd (FS 637) 7.5 miles to the end. Do not attempt this road in wet weather or early season conditions. The trailhead elevation is 8,419 ft.


A photo of Fourmile Falls north of Pagosa SpringsFourmile Falls

An easy to moderate hike revealing a spectacular double waterfall north of Pagosa Springs. This hike includes breathtaking views of Eagle Mountain (12,007') and Pagosa Peak (12,640'). The falls are located north on Fourmile Road. Take note; it is a three-mile hike to the falls. This hike features a decent amount of uphill hiking. Plan accordingly.

To Get There:

Take Lewis St north and veer left immediately onto 5th St.; stay right at the junction to continue on Fourmile Rd. (CR 400 / FS 645). Stay right at the second junction to the trailhead. The elevation start is 9,200 ft. Remember, the trail to the falls is moderate and becomes an uphill hike back to the trailhead.


Silver Falls

Silver Falls is a gorgeous waterfall located up East Fork Road, east of downtown Pagosa Springs off Highway 160.

To Get There:

To get to Silver Falls, head east on Hwy 160 towards Wolf Creek Pass for twelve miles. Turn right on East Fork Road and continue for about 8 miles. The first few miles of this road are suitable for passenger vehicles. High-clearance 4x4s are the recommended mode of transportation to the falls due to the possibility of several water crossings. The trail to Silver Falls begins behind the old guard station on the left side of the road. The hike to the base of the falls is about 1/8 mile and gets increasingly steeper the closer you get to the falls. Be careful of loose debris as you climb to the falls.