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Pagosa Springs Area

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Navajo State Park- This state park shares the waters of Navajo Reservoir with recreation sites in New Mexico. It lies 35 miles south of Pagosa Springs immediately east of Arboles.
Pagosa Ranger District- This is the eastern most ranger district in the San Juan National Forest. It lies around the town of Pagosa Springs and reaches up to Wolf Creek Pass and the Continental Divide.

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Description - Pagosa Springs is surrounded by the public lands of the San Juan National Forest. The Weminuche Wilderness lies directly north of this small community. The upper San Juan River passes through town on its journey southwest. Pagosa Springs serves as a good place in which to relax after time spent in the wilderness. The great Pagosa Hot Spring attracts visitors, health seekers, travelers and newcomers. Other nearby attractions include the Chimney Rock Indian Ruins, Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Wolf Creek Ski Area and the Durango-Silverton Railroad.

Recreation - The recreation opportunities from Pagosa Springs are endless. Within the city limits you'll find excellent fishing, picnicking, sightseeing, kayaking and rafting. Immediately outside of town in the public lands you'll find opportunities for camping, hiking, backpacking, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, four-wheel driving, scenic driving, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding and snowmobiling.

Climate - In summer, daytime temperatures range from 85 to 100 degrees F, dropping to 55 to 65 F at night. In the winter months, the temperatures may reach a high of 50 degrees F and the sun shining brightly is the norm. Average precipitation is about 18 inches annually.

Location - Located in southwestern Colorado, Pagosa Springs lies between Durango and Alamosa on U.S. Highway 160, approximately 35 miles north of the Colorado/New Mexico border. The upper San Juan River leads through Pagosa Springs proper on its way to join the Colorado River.

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Filed By: David (Arnold, Md)
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Report: Coming out to ski on January 4 through the 10th. Been reading much and would appreciate anything folks can offer in terms of the 'must see' items. Going skiing at Wolf Creek and probably some mineral springs too. Restaurant advice is also welcomed. I'll update this report upon our return. many thanks in advance!!!

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Contact Information:
Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, 402 San Juan Street , Pagosa Springs, CO, 81147, Phone: 800-252-2204, Fax: 970-264-4625
, chamber@pagosa-springs.com

Additional Information:
Colorado Community Areas - Colorado's diverse communities include metropolitan areas, posh ski resorts and rustic mountain towns.

Chimney Rock Archaeological Area - Information on the site and the tour program run by the San Juan Mountains Association.
Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce - Visitor and community information for the Pagosa Springs region.
San Juan National Forest - Official Forest Service website.


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