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.

nature trips
1 day 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
3 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

hiking
12 days ago

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

walking
13 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
13 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
13 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
16 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
17 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
19 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
19 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

19 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
20 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.

Get there early

hiking
22 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!

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