First incorporated in 1891, Pagosa Springs offers a wide variety of excellent things to do for all types of adventurers, including families. Most widely known for its hot springs, the town is an ideal place for numerous outdoor activities. Here are 6 things to know before you visit Pagosa Springs, Colorado.

1. Ski some of the deepest snow in the West.

Winter sports enthusiasts will be pleased with the challenging terrain they will find at the Wolf Creek Ski Area. With over 430” of natural snowfall during the ski season and 1,600 acres of skiable terrain, Wolf Creek Ski Area is an ideal place to ski. There are nine different lifts that will take you to more than 78 runs which are spread equally from beginning to intermediate to expert bowl skiing and the longest trail on the mountain is two miles in length.

2. It’s home to the deepest geothermal hot springs in the world.

Spend some time nourishing your body at the Springs Resort and Spa. Here you will find 23 unique mineral pools that offer a variety of soothing temperatures for your aching body including the Mother Spring which holds the world record for being the deepest natural geothermal spring at over 1,000 feet in depth. Nestled next to the San Juan River, the medicinal waters at Pagosa Hot Springs were first used by numerous medicine men of the Ute tribes in the area.

3. The hiking is stunning.

The South San Juan Wilderness area has more than 150,000-acres and was home to the last known grizzly bear to be spotted in the state. Besides a plethora of wildlife, you will also find incredible day and overnight hikes on 180 miles of trails that have been established within the wilderness. Always remember to follow Leave No Trace practices when visiting pristine areas like the South San Juan Wilderness.

4. Fly fish clear mountain lakes and streams.

Fishing is plentiful in the South San Juan Wilderness area where you will find 32 lakes as well as the headwaters to the Blanco, Conejos, and San Juan Rivers. Many of these fishing areas have special regulations such as catch and release, size as well as catch limits or the type of bait you may use. Always check before you start casting your line.

5. Pagosa Springs embodies the spirit of the American West.

The Fred Harman Art Museum is a must see while you are visiting Pagosa Springs. When you walk through the exhibits, you will be taken back to your childhood as you view original work from the man who brought us Red Ryder and the Little Beaver comic strips. Also within the museum are numerous paintings by Fred Harman who is considered to be one of the most brilliant painters of the American West.

6. It’s close to one of Colorado’s most incredible National Monuments.

Situated between Durango and Pagosa Springs, Chimney Rock National Monument is a unique place to visit. Once at Chimney Rock, you will be delighted with viewing one of the 200 plus Ancestral Puebloan dwellings that exhibit Chaco architectural style. The monument contains more than 4,700 acres of land area and also offers overnight camping as well as volunteer opportunities.

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