Pagosa Springs - South Fork


Located one hour east of Durango is the town of Pagosa Springs—a paradise for all seasons. Pagosa Springs is a hub for recreation and tourism in the “Four Corners” area. The history 

Two Towns Surrounded by National Forests

The town is situated on the valley floor next to the meandering San Juan River, and surrounded by the spectacular San Juan Mountains. It has a fascinating history as well. The town adopted its name from the areas Great Pagosa's Hot Springs. One of the largest mineral springs in the world, Pagosa’s hot springs are open to the public. In addition, the town offers a range of amenities, activities, and accommodations for the destination vacation traveler.

A great Colorado vacation secret, South Fork is 42 miles north and located at the southwestern end of the San Luis Valley, with the Rio Grande National Forest surrounding the area. It was initially developed as a community servicing the lumber and mining industries of the mid to late 1800’s. Since then, South Fork has grown into a tourist and recreation center. The town is surrounded by almost two million acres of national forests and hosts the access point to Highway 149. This route takes you on a 75-mile scenic and historic byway through the “Silver Thread Country” including the historic towns of Lake City and Creede.

Things to Do

Be sure to visit Chimney Rock Archaeological Area, where you can travel back in time as you enjoy a guided historical tour of ancestral Pueblo ruins. Venture into the scenic San Juan Mountains to view any of the 25 spectacular waterfalls. A few suggestions include taking a hike and picnicking on top of the world in the beautiful San Juan National Forest. Or take a fascinating ride on North America's longest and highest narrow-gauge steam railroad—Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. A short side trip will take you to Mesa Verde, home to the cliff dwellings of the Anasazi. Bring your camera! Nearby Navajo State Park offers recreation for the entire family with camping, fishing, boating, hiking and nature walks.

These two towns offer a wide variety of restaurants to dine, as well as lodging options from economy to upscale, and numerous year-round indoor and outdoor recreational activities for everyone to enjoy including: fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, boating, sailing, golfing, canoeing, camping, shopping, sports equipment rentals, outfitters, guided tours, rafting, hunting, sightseeing, wildlife watching, and much more.

Getting Here

Head east from Durango on US-160 and enjoy the views!

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Photo Courtesy of Visit Pagosa Springs