Pagosa Springs is a popular vacation destination in southern Colorado, sitting at the convergence of Highways 84 and 160. It is close to numerous mountain peaks, so you may be able to take in great mountain views from many angles in your Pagosa Springs mountain home. Whether you want to relax with fresh mountain air on your vacation, enjoy active adventures like skiing or hiking or take advantage of the best of both of these worlds, you can have the perfect mountain getaway tailored to your specifications when you make plans to visit Pagosa Springs on your vacation. Whether you plan to stay for only a weekend or take a longer vacation, there is plenty to enjoy in the area.
There is much for you to enjoy in and around the Pagosa Springs area from the relaxing environment of your Pagosa Springs mountain rental. The nearby San Juan Mountain and Golf Resort provides you with both golfing and beach access close to your rental home. Both the Rio Grande National Forest and the San Juan National Forest are nearby, and they are home to peaks for Pagosa Peak, Saddle Mountain, Squaretop Peak, Blackhead Peak, Montezuma Peak and others. These areas are ideal for sightseeing, hiking, picnicking and more. Other activities in the area include hot air ballooning, tubing, river rafting, horseback riding and more.
While you can spend a considerable amount of time out and about enjoying the great outdoors with your vacation home serving as your home base, you can also take time to enjoy shopping in Pagosa Springs. There are numerous shops located throughout the town, including an incredible selection of antique shops. These include the Antique Mall, the Diamond C Antiques and Trading Post, Feather Your Nest, Main Street Antiques, Martie's Mercantile and others.
Pagosa Springs is a veritable cultural hub for this region, and there are numerous art studios as well as historical and cultural museums for you to explore. Those interested in art can visit galleries such as the Belvedere Ceramic Arts, the Chad Haspels Sculpture Studio, Ferrari Studios and others. Several museums that are notably worth exploring include the Fed Harman Art Museum, the Parelli National Horsemanship World Headquarters and Museum and the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction. Other points of interest include the Mesa Verde National Park, the Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad and more
The elevation in Pagosa Springs is 7,126 feet above sea level, but much of the surrounding elevation is significantly higher. This means that the temperature differential can be significant as you travel around the area. Between May and August each year, the average high temperature is in the 80s, 90s and 100s. The average high in December is approximately 40 degrees and in January is approximately 15 degrees. The area results approximately 20 increase of rain each year as well as approximately 101 inches of snowfall, with the majority of the snow falling between December and March.
Pagosa Springs is home to a small airstrip, known as Steven Field. However, the flights in and out of this airstrip are limited, and you may need to head to Santa Fe, Albuquerque or Colorado Springs for access to a larger airport with more flights. If you plan to drive into Pagosa Springs, the major roadways in and out of the area are Highways 160 and 84. Interstate highways are not located close to the city.