Pagosa Springs

Welcome to Pagosa Springs

This mountainside community offers rest and relaxation
Surrounded by the rugged San Juan Mountains and acres upon acres of national forest, Pagosa Springs abound in natural beauty. The town of Pagosa Springs, located in southwest Colorado, is known most famously for its hot springs. Sitting at a high altitude at 7126 feet above sea level, Pagosa Springs is in Colorado Sunbelt, just 35 miles north of the Mexico Border.
Founded in 1891, Pagosa Springs sprung up around Fort Lewis and remained after the fort moved west. The town received its name after the Southwestern Ute word “Pagosa”, which translates to healing water. The all-natural, geothermal hot springs have been a driving attraction to the area for generations. With such a rich cultural history, Pagosa Springs is both a getaway to the past and an adventure that begs to be explored.

What to Love


  • Community events and festivals
  • Upscale dining at The Alley Grille
  • Relaxing at The Springs Resort

Local Lifestyle

With a population of just over 2,200 residents, the town of Pagosa Springs is known for its vibrant and diverse lifestyle. It is home to residents from all walks of life and background, including nature enthusiasts, families, couples, and retirees. The close proximity to nature offers a breath of fresh air and the much-needed escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. 
The abundance of outdoor activities makes this Colorado town a particularly popular choice for those who live an active lifestyle. Outdoor lovers can look forward to all that Pagosa Springs offers, including hiking, skiing, and exploring ancient cultural ruins.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping


Whether you’re new to town or simply passing through, be sure to take a stroll along Main Street in Historic Downtown. The vibrant downtown district is lined with shops full of unique souvenirs, tasty treats, top-notch restaurants, and fabulous clothes. Check out Home Again for home decor items that will give your home a welcoming touch. Give your closet a makeover with a trip to Goodman’s Department Store, a family-owned business that specializes in Western apparel.
After a full day of shopping, grab a bite to eat at The Lost Cajun. This hole-in-the-wall restaurant is renowned for its authentic Cajun menu and down-to-earth hospitality. Celebrate a special occasion by making a reservation at Alley House Grill, an upscale New American restaurant located in a 1920s bungalow.
Enjoy an evening of live entertainment at the Thingmajig Theatre Company, the town’s center for the arts. The theatre hosts everything from popular musicals to jazz festivals to children’s theatre camps.

Things to Do


Nestled in the heart of the San Juan Mountain range, Pagosa Springs is surrounded by 2.5 million acres of the San Juan National Forest and the South San Juan Wilderness. The abundance of natural forests makes Pagosa Springs the perfect spot for outdoor adventures. Hit the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Area, located just 30 minutes north of Pagosa Springs. Since first opening in 1939, this ski lodge claims “The Most Snow in Colorado” at over 550 inches an average year. After a day on the mountain, what’s better than kicking back and soaking in a hot spring? With 25 pools, The Springs Resort is a premier hydrotherapy spa and resort destination.
Regardless of the season, there’s a good chance you can find a community event taking place here. The Pagosa Folk ‘N Bluegrass Festival has been a tradition for 14 years and brings together locals and visitors for a weekend of live music under the stars.



Pagosa Springs is served by the Archuleta School District 50 and is proud to provide its students with access to explementary educational institutions, including: 
  • Pagosa Springs Middle School, 5-8
  • Pagosa Springs High School, 9-12
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