Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

mountain biking
1 day ago

On mountain bikes-Rock chop all the way to the top! big climbs, punchy trail with lots of steep sections. The loop is fun and semi flowing in spots. Primarily an ATV trail but had it all to ourselves without a soul in sight. There's an unmarked T in the trail after an open valley - stay left and start gradually climbing. great ride in the fall with lots of shade. Not as bad going down as you would expect. Rode the whole loop in 2.5 hours including photo ops.

hiking
10 days ago

The best hike I’ve ever done after years of admiring this mountain from the ground in Pagosa Springs. Not for the faint of heart - not the off road drive to find the unmarked trail nor the strenuous back half of the hike when you’re hiking a steep narrow path flanked by precipitous drips. But it’s SO worth it. Incredible 360 panoramic views once you break the tree line and a rewarding bottle of names for those who reach the true Pagosa summit. (Beware the 2-3 false summit sighting before the real one). Difficult several hours hike but definitely doable if you’re in pretty decent shape.

Great little hike with plenty of Aspen and Pine views.

Had a great hike! Some steep parts, over all it was easy. Watch the weather, as we left there was hail, no problem for us, but some people were hiking in t-shirts and sneakers.

hiking
15 days ago

Great little hike. Well marked. Saw horseback riders and a group with a couple dogs. Beautiful views of the mountains!

hiking
23 days ago

Absolutely beautiful hike. The end makes the long drive worth it. We'll marked and easy to find.

hiking
23 days ago

Steep, challenging hike! Not for the faint of heart climbing up the ridgeline, poles were essential. Very steep trail as described with lots of loose rock and trees/logs to climb over. We made it halfway up the 4WD road and had to park along side as the terrain is ROUGH. Not many places to bail out along the road. Hiked up the rest of the road (-1 hr from car to trailhead). We made it to the summit in 2 hrs and back to trailhead 1 hr 15 min. Great views if you’re not too focused on not falling off the mountain! Good luck, make sure you have a lot of clearance in your vehicle/someone who has driven up to trailhead if you opt for that route.

Short hike, beautiful falls.

hiking
28 days ago

Enjoyable trail , pretty views. Took us about an hour and a half.

29 days ago

Loved it.

Beetle kill trees along the beginning but stunning 360 view at the end. Changing aspens were a treat.

Short, easy, steep hike to a beautiful lake and mountain view

Beautiful hike with great views. Worth repeating any time. This is must do hike. Put it on your list.

Great easy trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for the family. Enjoyed the beautiful cliffs and picnicking by the river.

on Opal Lake Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this easy hike through majestic aspen groves! The lake (pond) is beautiful!

make sure you bear right to see the views

Outstanding 360 degree views of Rocky Mountain peaks. Was just under 3 miles up and 3 miles down. Took us about 3 hours to do the whole thing. Well worth it once you get to the peak!!! It’s pretty forresty and shady, but the trees are pretty dead once you’re up at the top of the ski lift. Truly one of my favorites though.

Nice view of mountains. Lots of meadows and some forests. Mostly in the sun. We

I absolutely loved this hike! We started on a Saturday around 6pm right after a major hail storm so the trail was covered with about 1-2” of hail. Made for a wet, sloshy but unique experience. Saw pikas, marmots, Clark’s nutcrackers, ravens, and even a set of weasels!

This time of day was magical! The sun cast golden hues on the mountains the entire hike. We didn’t make it to the Peak because it started getting dark. But the open meadows at the top literally took my breath away. one of my new favorite spots. So peaceful ...not another person on the trail!

Setting varies from shady woods to open rock fields and meadows. Could hear some highway noise for the first 1/2 mile or so but not terrible.

We walked down the ski slope to shorten the time so we’d get back before dark. It was just amazing overall. Can’t wait to go back and go all the way to Alberta Peak! We went about 4 miles round trip, in the hail and mud in just over 2 hours. Loved it!

camping
2 months ago

It was a great hike. Trail was clear in the way in, but wind knocked down some trees and the trail was obstructed on the way back. Camp close to the hot springs so the walk back wet is short. Amazing views! The only wildlife we saw was snakes. The hot spring on the other side of the river is the warmest.

Beautiful trail, and not very difficult or long. The whole hike took me 2.5 hrs, not stopping often or long. I didn't keep track of time, but the first lift tower for Wolf Creek could probably be reached at 30 min, and that is a good view a s beautiful hike in itself. There was an offshoot for Treasure Mountain. I'm not sure where that is but have a good guess it was the beautiful neighboring peak to the west. You could also continue to keep following the continental divide. Stunning views.

I only give it 2 stars because I wad by able to access this. There is about an 11 mile dirt road with tons of bumpy ridges to get there. You don't need clearance, but if you have an old car you may have to take it slow. My car was shaking so badly from the ridges in the road I had to turn around because it was going to take 40-60 minutes getting there...going 10 mph.

Similar to comments below, the mileage is wrong on All Trails ... It’s nearly 2 miles longer round trip. But wow - what a breathtaking hike!!! There are panoramas and landscapes in clear view throughout 95 percent of the hike, along with unforgettable rock formations and a “key hole” formation than indicates you’re more than halfway to the lake. We hike regularly, and it took about 2:30 to the lake and 1:45 back with some light jogging on the return. Be sure to get out early if you’re doing a day hike (ideally by 7 a.m). Storms routinely roll in by 1 p.m. This is a stunning and underutilized hike you will never forget. We’ll be back!

Over 7 miles to first camp site.
Springs not marked

hiking
2 months ago

Great easy hike. Bring your swimwear so you can jump in.

2 months ago

The initial climb was difficult, but I live in Houston, so the elevation got me. The hike is breathtaking and certainly memorable. Did the entire thing in cowboy boots. The drive in was easy but slow, being that we were in a rental impala. One of the best hikes near the Pagosa area.

Lovely, easy trail with little elevation gain. Incredible views from the top.

camping
2 months ago

My recorder shows 5.2 miles so unless the All Trails took short cuts, their distance is short(4.4 miles). Beautiful lake, worth the difficult hike. We backpacked in with enough gear for 2 nights. Had a trout dinner both nights. She said she would do it again even though it was “brutal”. She carried about 35 lbs on her back so I’m proud of her. Heard some coyotes yelping, saw a lot of deer, a marmot, and some beautiful birds. So far, my favorite hike in the Pagosa Springs area.

Great little hike to get warmed up for longer harder hikes in the area

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