Explore the most popular walking 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
14 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.

nature trips
5 days ago

Easy trail but slightly steep. The falls were a little dry due to the season. Nice little stop on our way into Pagosa Springs.
Noticed Many kids were able to make it up.

Over 7 miles to first camp site.
Springs not marked

hiking
7 days ago

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

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.

Great, short trail with steep sections. Reward is a dip in the pool under the falls to cool off. 6 year old made it no problems, just got to hold their hand on the steep parts

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

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

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.

Great view from the top and fissures are fascinating

Nice little hike. Easy to get to, no off-roading, just park off the road and you are right at the trail head. Pretty meadows, and nice Mountain View’s. We saw eight deer and one coyote. 18 minute drive to downtown pagosa for lunch afterwards. Trail is well marked and easy to follow.

hiking
21 days ago

This was our family's 1st hike, and it was a good test. It was cloudy and rained a bit to keep the heat down. Wete not in good shape, but we made it up the few climbs and enjoyed the views.

hiking
21 days ago

Stopped here on our way into Pagosa Springs with my wife and kids (ages 18,16,13). Despite my wife being in flip-flops, and there being a light sun-shower, the trails weren't muddy and we/she didn't have any issues on the "main trail". A very simple introduction to hiking for us culminating in a beautiful waterfall. Planning to wear better hiking shoes as we hit other longer area trails over the next few days.

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, loop trail. Mostly flat, but winds up and down a couple small rises. Big open meadows, mature Ponderosa's, Gambel oak. Saw a few deer. Looks like earlier in the year there are probably a lot of wild flowers.

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.

backpacking
25 days ago

Beautiful flat trail! Great for young hikers and novices. Took us 2 hours with 4 adults and 3 little ones (8, 7, & 6 years old) stopping a lot along the way. Great views of mountains and mule deer. Not a lot of shade, so I would recommend morning or night hike. Would give 5 stars if there was more shade. Shared the trail with 4 other groups and 2 individuals. Will do this again in the evening next summer when I return to the area.

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