Explore the most popular trail running 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.

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
23 hours 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.

Over 7 miles to first camp site.
Springs not marked

hiking
8 days ago

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

Great trail for the whole family.

hiking
17 days ago

Great trail for the entire family. We took our dog along and all had a wonderful time.

walking
17 days ago

We walked this a few times during our stay, exploring for snakes (that's my son's thing), fishing, and swimming in the river. Shopped at a few places in town also. Mule deer abound in the area. Wonderful memories!

I did this hike with 2 other grown women and our 18yo daughters and their friends. The views are spectacular. The trail is well maintained, with just 2 downed trees that were easy to get around. It was easy walking, but a lot of elevation gain. It took us about 5 hours to hike it, but we stopped for a lot of pictures and we were not acclimated to the altitude.

I rated this a 4 and not a 5 because there was a lot of man-made stuff to distract from the views. Truck noise from the highway, backhoes and pile drivers working on the ski lifts. The trail basically follows the upper boundary of a ski area. But otherwise a very nice day hike.

Pretty easy trail, beautiful cliff hangings, mostly by the river with several spots to soak your feet. We loved it and the kids did well.

hiking
18 days ago

A beautiful trail, but going to the bridge and back was NOT shady (at least between Noon-2pm). There were brief areas of shade where the cliffs were close on both sides, but for that first 1.75 miles (if that is what it really is to the bridge), I would say 75%+ of the time is not shaded. Wiped out my newbie hiking family :), but it was quite beautiful and worth it.

hiking
18 days ago

As suggested by a previous post, we did this trail and then came back and did part of the Piedra River Trail later. This one has fantastic views and of course the beautiful waterfall. I would say that once you're at the waterfall, and even a few times on the way, it pays to have very good and "grippy" shoes. Shoes with a worn out bottom, or sandals, etc. can be very dangerous as the slopes at the waterfall are significant. Well worth it though, as long as you're careful.

Short, easy hike...I like this one so much better than Treasure Falls because you are closer to the water and the falls, lots of rocks to scramble, and just a beautiful little niche once you're back there!

Lower parallels river Little challenging rivers rocks by water Upper trail has some uphill but beautiful views Hiked these parts 2.5 hours Lower was more crowded

hiking
23 days ago

Nice, easy trail. Has a little climb at the beginning. Beautiful mature aspen groves. The lake is very cloudy, muddy looking, (from mineral runoff?), guess that's where it got it's name. We were the second vehicle there at 8am, probably saw 25 people by the time we left a couple hours later.

We had a group from 7-72 and everyone hiked to the bridge and back. Wonderful experience.

Beautiful way to spend time with the family

on Coal Creek Trail

24 days ago

Nice trail with moderate climb and wildlife. I have done this trail twice and would suggest doing it when it is dry as many areas get muddy. Wildflowers and lush forests abound. We saw our first bobcat on the trail last week.

hiking
26 days ago

Beautiful family friendly hike that you can make short or long with limited climbing on the way down or up. Plenty of spots along the river to hang out and enjoy the white water with your significant other or dog etc.

Great 2.5 hour out and back. Trail was easy to follow with only one down tree i can remember. Scenery along the ridge at the top of the hill is phenomenal. Loved to lush meadows as well and seeing the ol chair lifts. My German Shepherds loved this hike.

Not a difficult trail compared to others in the area, but the waterfall is worth it. We did a little rock climbing and took a refreshing dip in the water. Be prepared, though. The water is cold!

hiking
28 days ago

Beautiful scenery and moderate difficulty. Easy to moderate length by turning back and nice shade.

hiking
29 days ago

really awesome trail for a day hike! we had two dogs.with us, off leash, and had no problems. they loved splashing around in the river throughout the hike. we went about 5 miles in and then back out, and found some great secluded spots to hang out and rest.

We loved this hike. You climb up and hike through an Aspen Grove then end up at the lake which is beautiful. There are are several Creek crossings but they are easily crossed.

Beautiful grove of aspen trees in the middle of the hike! The beginning was uphill but not extremely steep. Lots of wildflowers and even saw a woodpecker pecking on a tree! Beautiful hike.

Nice views of the river, but I would describe this as a city walking/jogging trail that's fully paved.

Good trail to take little ones on no problems at all.

hiking
1 month ago

loved this trail, my wife and I hiked out and had lunch by the lake. There are a few steep spots, but not too difficult. the lake is up against some beautiful mountains.

hiking
1 month ago

Short hike, waterfall is beautiful. Still, a pretty long way from town.

Especially fun to end up at the top of the mountain at the Wolf Creek chairlift.

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.

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