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.

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!

Saw lots of mule deer and a bear with two cubs. Open trail and not real woody but some great views.

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.

hiking
14 days ago

7/2 seems to be lightly trafficked and not particularly beautiful/noteworthy until you start to approach tree line which I'd say is about halfway. From there you've big views with lots of flowers all the way down to the lake. Overall great hike disappointed I only just found it. Took 4.5 hours there and back. Road in is rough but 4x4 not required.

hiking
14 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!!

hiking
15 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.

hiking
15 days ago

Thank you thank you whoever cleared the trail, takes about half the time to get to the spring now.

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.

backpacking
16 days ago

Started out around noon to hike to the springs. Fair warning, there is not much shade on the trail. Got to my destination in a little over three hours, set up camp, then had the hot spring all to myself! Perfect end to the day. Camped there overnight and hiked out in the morning. The trail is clear and beautiful!

hiking
17 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

trail running
17 days ago

Drove up in my wife’s minivan. No problem. Consistent climb from start. Trail clear. Once on ridge views are simply unbeatable. Made it to lake in 1:20. Back to car in 2:20 total. Wasn’t hammering, but worked hard. Great views, easy access. Highly recommend.

hiking
17 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.

hiking
18 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.

18 days ago

Amazing wildflowers.

June 27- I only hiked 5.6 miles, but it was beautiful! Downed trees have been cleared from the trail. The first 2.8 miles is almost all uphill, but it was not terribly steep. I saw a great variety of wildflowers. Parts of the trail are in the open and parts go through pine and aspen forest. Also some interesting rock formations. The last 2 miles of the drive up to the trailhead was quite rough. I made it okay in my SUV, but 4 wheel drive would have been better.

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!

We had a good time hiking/running this trail but be prepared for some pretty rocky sections (more often than not). Pretty good ups and downs. We didn’t see any other folks but it was the day the forest reopened after being closed for a couple of weeks. ATV’s are allowed but I wouldn’t recommend due to extremely uneven spots making it difficult to ride safely.

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.

Took my 8 and 5 year old as far as the Weminuche wilderness sign (2.3 mi). We passed the crew clearing the trail on the way in and they were coming back from the springs so the entire trail should be clear of downed trees now. The views are stunning at times. The first 1.5 mi is walking through private property and the ranch owners spent way to much money to remind us common folk that we arent welcome on their property.

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