Piedra Falls is a unique chute waterfall located an hour’s drive north of Pagosa Springs in the southwest part of the state. Take Piedra Road to Forest Road 631 and turn right onto Taylor Lane, left on Forest Road 636, and right on Forest Road 637 / East Toner Road. Cross the bridge over the Middle Fork of Piedra River to reach the trailhead. The hike is an easy one-mile roundtrip, out-and-back on Piedra Falls Trail #671. Dark volcanic rock provides a stark backdrop to the brilliant white water that gushes through a slot in the rock, and the powerful spray fills the air. Protect your camera from the mist and watch your footing on the wet trail.
- The trailhead is a popular primitive camping site for locals, so bring a picnic lunch or dinner, throw up a lawn chair in a shady spot, and hang out awhile.
- After your hike to the waterfall, head back into town for a soak at one of several commercial hot springs sites. The Springs Resort & Spa and Healing Waters Resort & Spa are open year-round with hotel, motel, and cabin accommodations, spa services, and hot spring tubs, pools, and pots.
- In the summertime, add a whitewater rafting trip to your Pagosa Springs visit. Outfitters will provide you with all the gear and a rafting guide.
- The San Juan River Walk Trail is another great addition to your visit. The paved trail follows the river through town with picnic areas and views of the hot springs.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
—Susan Joy Paul