Explore the most popular wildlife 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!

This was a beautiful hike. Only complaint was holy moley flies and so much dog and horse poop. I was happy to be rained on to get a break from the flies. There is a part when you get close to the falls where it looks like you could take the trail down or up. Go up, down goes nowhere.

Hiked to the falls on 7/10/2018. Second half of hike has an extraordinary variety of wildflowers including:
Cone flower, indian paintbrush, monk's hood, wild rose, fireweed, butter and egg, columbine (red and blue). Many more that I can't remember - my wife identifies them for me.
Also, tons of butterflies and a western tanager.
Very nice hike but steep in a few places.

Amazing hike really liked the meadows with flowers! It is worth getting close to falls.

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.

good trail, some issues with blazing/trail marking towards the top. waterfall is sadly weak due to drought.

My husband and I did this trail today. We had a late start, about noon and finished by 4pm. We stopped a few times along the way to take photos and rest, it definitely changes in elevation a lot so your going up and down which can wear you out. Lots of rocks, so make sure to wear good grip shoes/ hiking boots. We brought a lunch and ate it up at the falls. So worth going up to the top, under the falls. It is super steep but so worth it. Loved the hike!!

hiking
13 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
14 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
14 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
15 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
16 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
17 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.

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!

Excllent trail, not too busy. Hiking time was 1:20 in and 1:15 out with 2 to teens, 2 40 somethings and two boxers. Great variety of views and terrain to see on the trail. Falls were throwing off mist as the breeze ebbed and flowed, it felt wonderful after climbing to the the top. . Remember to take the left at 3.15 miles in, otherwise you'll hike right past the falls.

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.

We did the fourmile lake trail/Anderson trail for five days staying at fourmile lake for four nights starting June 10th. When we got back found out the trail was closed tuesday 12th. We had the lake to ourselves, very beautiful fourmile and upper lake. The trail was difficult with all our backpack supplies. 6.5 hours and 6.5 miles going up fourmile lake trail, and then 5 hours and 9.1 miles down Anderson trail.

The trail was closed due to extreme fire risk as of 6-12-18

Great hike it's really a 6 Mile hike according to my walking meter. Lots of rocks on the trail beautiful views. If you can't do the whole thing that's ok too cuz there are lots of places to stop and picnic. Mesquitos were bad we went on 6-11-82 take water and ab energy bar and wear good shoes for the walk.

Gorgeous backdrop of rocks looks almost surreal. The first waterfall is the nicer of the 2.

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.

Hike itself was good nice views, but it's a loooong Drive from town. I'd say probably not worth the two hours round trip to get there unless you double up the longer Piedra hike fairly close.

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