Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Pagosa Springs with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This was such a fun hike! There are lots of dead trees, but honestly, all the grass and wildflowers make you forget those. It’s so fun to hike part of the Continental Divide Trail in a really pretty spot. We did an easy scramble onto the top of Alberta Peak, which was also fun.

The peak isn’t marked, so look at pictures of it so you recognize it when you come upon it. It’s recognizable if you know what you’re looking for! A big pile of rocks, that is.

Also spied three pika. That was super exciting.

This is beautiful. Wildflowers, aspen trees, mountain views... can’t ask for any more! We hiked even though it was raining and it was still worth it. Even saw some baby ducklings at the lake!

Great hike! Went to the first bridge and back because some people were worn out but up to then it was one of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever been on. The cliff walls on either side of you while you are next to the river are amazing.

Easy little hike and the fissures are really neat! Fun for all ages and abilities!

Pretty and fun for kids. We did the loop starting on the steep “primitive trail” to the right and my 4-year-old niece had no problem. The waterfall is weak right now, but the views from the top are still stunning.

This was a wonderful trail that is easy to hike. We took our dogs and a huge group of all ages and there is plenty of places to get down to the river. Beautiful rock cliffs on both sides. We only went 2 miles in but again it was perfect.

Great hike! Did this hike 20 years ago with the children, still just as pretty. There are some awesome awesome aspen groves along the upper portion of the route.

Perfect hike for our first in Colorado.

16 days ago

Driving through the area and took a detour to enjoy the falls. The drive was pretty so I didn’t mind. Short hike and the kids enjoyed paying in the area and jumping in the water—ice cold!!

Loved the primitive trail but take it down, not up! Ha!

17 days ago

Always up going out, but worth the hike. Keep telling yourself it’s all down hill on the way back. Would be great for a one night stay with stars overhead.

Great hike. Glad we had our jackets when we reached the top. There are several trees down across the trail on the first half, but are easy to get over, around, or under. Our German Shepherd had no problems.

19 days ago

Beautiful and easy. Yes, it’s a bit of a drive from the initial sign (about 10 miles), but totally worth it. We took our kids and dog and enjoyed splashing around at the base of the waterfalls

19 days ago

Love this hike! Easy with Pretty views in the aspen groves and the lake at the end. Great place to hammock at the lake.

20 days ago

Great trail well maintained , opens to a beautiful patch of aspen ends with a really great view of the lake - peaceful. We’ll do it again must be great in the fall.

21 days ago

Great little hike to a waterfall. Well maintained trail. Lots of families.

Love this trail. Scenery is beautiful, with running water along the way.

Fun, great views, not too difficult. Brought the dog and he loved the small snow banks along the way. Accidentally walked past Alberta Peak initially then turned back and did the "scrambling" up to the top which was a highlight!

Great hike on well marked trail. Follows the Continental Divide. Had to climb over, under or go around fallen trees in the beginning. Recommend a warmer jacket and beanie for the top portion of the hike - was windy and cold for about a mile at the top portion of the hike. You can continue to follow the trail beyond the peak area.

trail running
1 month ago

I live in Pagosa Springs, so this is my go-to when I want to do a long trail run, but I don't want to drive very far.

Great hike. You essentially end up above the ski slopes of Wolf Creek. Amazing panoramic views, worth the hike. When you park the trail is to the left, when you cross a small wooden bridge you are on CDT. Go left. About 1/3 mile out you can cross over a couple down trees on what looks to be a road. It is a ski slope and is the most direct way up if you want hurry up. Then you can come back on the CDT for different views on the backside of the mountains for a makeshift loop.

Great trail! We did this with a toddler (mostly carried the toddler) and a 6 year old. The lake was a beautiful spot to enjoy some water before making the trek back down.

Stunning views once you clear the first half of the trail. There are around 10 downed trees towards the early part of the climb. The trail map appears to have been made walking up the ski runs that run parallel to the trail and the trail felt quite a bit longer than the published distance.

Hike itself was good nice views, but it's a loooong Drive from town. I'd say probably not worth the two hours round trip to get there unless you double up the longer Piedra hike fairly close.

Did this trail in March and on the way up we took the family friendly trail. Very easy, just a lot of mud so bring proper shoes. I’m sure during summertime you can even use tennis shoes. If you have kids, highly recommend it. The waterfall is simply breathtaking. Now, be careful if you decide to take the primitive trail during winter. We decided to do so on the way back and it was like walking in winterland. I thought it was super easy and was having a blast until we heard the scariest sound which up to this day I cannot explain in words. We asked the locals and they said that day they were not doing avalanche work but the conditions had triggered significant snow slides. I will never forget that sound and it was enough to make me haul a.. down the trail. At the end of course we laughed it off but trust me, I was not laughing when I heard that. It definitely put us in alert mode. It probably was far from us but still you never know. I’m not an expert but I follow my instincts and that day my instincts said “get out now”. Just be careful.

1 month ago

Awesome hike for people with kids! We hiked with 5 kids (ages 5, 4, 3, 1, & 1), 3 walking and 2 in carriers. We only went about 1.25 miles out and then turned around. Several spots to access the river easily.

Great short hike! 5 year old and 3 year old made it to the top without being carried.

1 month ago

As said in the other reviews, this trail should be rated moderate. Several fallen trees and needs maintenance. Great forest and some meadows, but no scenic overlook views.

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