Located within the San Juan National Forest amid the majestic San Juan Mountains, Pagosa Springs offers visitors a rich geological and cultural history to explore. Known for its world-famous hot springs, "Pagosah" is the Southwestern Ute word for "healing waters". The soaring cliffs, ragged peaks, magical alpine pools, undisturbed wilderness, cascading rivers, and soothing hot springs reveal a dramatic geological history that invites voyagers, young and old, to venture into the backcountry.
As part of the Four Corners region of Southwest Colorado, this mountainous terrain has also attracted a myriad of ancient Indian tribes, Spanish explorers, and fortune seekers throughout the centuries. Each of these cultures left behind historical remnants to educate and entertain us today.
Pagosa Springs is located in the Colorado Sunbelt, just 35 miles north of the New Mexico border and along the Western slope of the Continental Divide.
The combination of high desert plateau and Rocky Mountains to the North and East of town creates an unusually mild climate. Pagosa Springs is located in the upper San Juan Basin, surrounded by the nearly 3 million acres of the San Juan National Forest and Weminuche Wilderness Area.
Long touted as the largest and hottest natural mineral outflow in the world, the the "Great Pagosah Hot Spring" is often coveted for its healing and restorative qualities. Pagosa Country travelers can now choose between three downtown bathing facilities that offer either indoor or outdoor pools, or both.
While we're off the beaten path, getting to Pagosa Springs is pretty easy by air or by car. For private pilots, our local airport, located at Stevens Field, has an 8100 x 100 foot runway and new FBO facilities. Or catch a commercial flight out of Durango, 60 miles west. By car, Pagosa is 4 hours from Albuquerque, NM, 5 hours from Denver, CO or 8 hours from Phoenix, AZ.