To get details on the fire, including size please go to the link below, you will need to search for our location on the map: https://data.coloradoan.com/fires/?fbclid=IwAR3uaaKsebpTKOrLqzyFZkgu3z8l5EEPgTPKY5vjmZ3ERU00aJk4ggp0gZc
Citizens can sign up for emergency alerts at: https://www.archuletacounty.org/569/Citizens-Alert
—-Our community is staying connected through this, offering resting places for refuge for our Fire Fighters—-
*The Lost Cajun in Pagosa is offering free meals for all fire crew!
*Sage Eatery is doing the same, including water fill stations and a nice rest stop.
*MEE Hmong Cuisine will be offering free meals for fire fighters as well.
Pagosa is a tight knit and loving community and will continue to support our hero’s during this time. Stay safe and strong and a BIG thank you to all Medical and Fire Personnel, as well as our community for giving back!
Did you know Pagosa Springs use to be a pit stop for supplies for miners? The town did not advance into a vacation and retirement spot until the 1970’s. The town site was established in 1874 after control of the area was wrested from the Ute people (in whose language pagosa means “healing water”)
Closing Day for Wolf Creek Ski resort has been announced! April 17th will be the last day you can get your turns in using the ski lifts…but not the last day you can enjoy the snow before it melts away. Here are some notes from our local resort:
Wolf Creek Ski Area is 100% open, 7-days a week, with lifts operating from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wolf Creek is extending 7-day a week operations to Sunday, April 17th!
• Lift tickets are at Regular rates today, $82 for Adults, $51 for Seniors and $41 for Children.
• The Upper Lodge, Prospector Grill, Raven’s Roost, Continental, Pathfinder Bar and Base Camp are all open. • Smokey Bear is visiting Wolf Creek Today, Thursday, March 24th. Smokey will be speaking with skiers and snowboarders about the Forest Service, their partnership with the ski area and, of course, wildfire prevention.
• Group Lessons are available for pre-purchase online at shop.wolfcreekski.com. Lessons must be purchased more than 2 days in advance of the lesson date.
• Uphill travel is permitted during operating hours only, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.
• The Meadow Loop and the Lake Spur of the Nordic Track were groomed and track-set on March 22nd.
• Face coverings are recommended in all indoor public settings. A full 2021-22 COVID-19 Operating Plan can be found at WolfCreekSki.com.
• Visit wolfcreekski.com or call 1-800-SKI-WOLF for the most up-to-date information.
Did you read the italicized line? You read that correct. Smokey Bear is visiting Wolf Creek today! You’re never too old to learn how to prevent forest fires. Find out how to keep our beautiful mountains safe from harm in the warmer months
The past few weeks have been quite dry in Pagosa Springs, but luckily we are able to escape to the mountain where there is always a place for fun!
Our local ski resort has been blessed with 27 inches of fresh snow in the latest storm leaving us 13 inches of fresh pow in the last 24 hours. Blue skies are upon us today, resulting in powder packed and extensively groomed bluebird conditions. Year-to-date snow fall is currently residing at 251″
Wolf Creek Pass is located approximately 24 miles South East of Pagosa Springs in the beautiful San Juan mountains. A 30-40 minute drive from your new potential home! If you are looking to buy a home in Pagosa and start living the mountain life or continue your journey here, Wolf Creek is a perfect place to dip your toes (or edges) into some fun and experience an exciting life here.
If your family is new to skiing/riding and you are looking to have an out of body experience, Wolf Creek offers group or private lessons and rentals at an excellent price. Check out their website wolfcreekski.com to plan a trip.
This Sunday, February 6th Wolf Creek will be hosting a special event: A Fun Race! Race your friends or just challenge your own fastest time. Free and open to skiers and boarders of all ages and abilities. Sign up is from 9:30am to 10:30am in the Raven’s Nest building and the race is from 11am to 1pm on Charisma run.
If you are looking to buy a home in this sweet little town, make sure to check out the properties we have available on our website. Becoming a local has its benefits, such as access to local day rates at both Wolf Creek Pass and the Hot Springs located on the river through town. We have a lot of fun out here, and you could too! Make sure to tie in both of those places to your visit to get the full experience of winter in Pagosa. All four seasons are a blast!
Make sure to check back next week for more events and updates here in beautiful Pagosa.
The National Forest around Pagosa Springs is a big space… and we mean big! With over 3 million acres of wilderness and national forest surrounding the town, there is plenty of space to explore! If you want to go exploring in the San Juan National Forest or the Weminuche Wilderness, you should prepare for a variety of weather, terrain, and wildlife interactions! This post should outline the basic gear you should bring when exploring anywhere in the United States; and some essentials specific to this area. Let’s get into it!
Water – Water is at the top of this list for a reason. Water is important no matter where you are or what you are doing. It becomes more important as you gain altitude because it helps combat the headaches and dizziness associated with altitude sickness. I try to carry at least 2- 32oz Nalgene bottles for a day in the forest so I know I have enough!
Shoes & Clothing – The weather in this part of the country can change drastically in a matter of a couple hours. In July it can be 90 degrees at Noon and 55 degrees and pouring rain by 3pm! This makes it extra important to wear layers and pack the appropriate clothing for the conditions. I try to always bring a jacket and rain poncho or full rain suit when I want to spend more than an hour or two in the woods. As far as footwear goes I highly recommend wearing boots that provide good ankle support. These kinds of boots can prevent ankle sprains; a big deal when you are alone and away from civilization! Waterproof boots are also a good choice if you like exploring in the rain. Waterproof boots will be warmer due to lack of ventilation; something to consider if your feet tend to get hot.
Cutting Tool – A cutting tool in the woods has a million uses. Whether you need to get a splinter out of your finger, cut a string from your shirt, or cut a tree branch to fashion a splint, a good pocket knife or multitool is essential in an outdoor emergency. I never go exploring without one! A multitool has the advantage over a normal pocket knife because they usually have several different tools and even a pair of pliers built in! I personally carry and recommend Leatherman multitools.
Map & Compass – While you don’t necessarily need a map and compass to start exploring, it’s a good idea to bring them along! A map and compass can help you find your bearings if you find yourself lost. You can also use them to mark landmarks that you want to visit again later! A simple compass can be bought for $15-20 and is light enough to always bring with you. As far as maps go, I recommend going into the Forest Service office and asking for maps for the specific areas you want to explore! They will even have topo maps that show elevation so you can see how steep your route will be.
Food – You need energy to explore and food gives you energy! I always try to bring high-energy snacks to keep me going throughout the day. Protein bars, trail mix, jerky, fruit, etc are all great, compact snacks that will keep you up in energy. Be sure to bring a ziplock bag or similar to keep your trash in until you can properly dispose of it. Do not litter!!
Fire – It can get cold at night in this part of the country, even in the middle of summer. If you get lost or injured in the woods and have to spend the night you are going to want some way to build a fire! I think a Bic or similar rugged lighter is the bare minimum you should bring on your outdoor adventures. These are pressurized so they work outdoors and they rarely leak fuel. If you have a little more room for gear, I would also bring a flint and steel in addition to the lighter. This leaves you with two viable options for starting an emergency fire. Be sure you know how to properly build a fire before heading out!
First Aid – The San Juan and Weminuche Wilderness is a rugged terrain with some extremely remote areas. If you get hurt way up in the woods it can be nearly impossible for help to make it to you! Carrying a well-equipped first aid kit can allow you to take care of minor injuries by yourself until you are able to make it to civilization! It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with all of the components of your first aid kit and how they work. You can even print instructions to keep in the kit! I recommend Adventure Medical Kits if you are wanting a good pre-built first aid kit.
Sun Protection – Pagosa Springs and surrounding wilderness areas are very high in elevation compared to most of the United States. Pagosa Springs is sitting at 7,126ft above sea level and most of the places you’ll be exploring will be higher. Being higher than sea level also means you are closer to the sun and sunburn can be a serious issue! If you know you are going to be in the sun a lot I would recommend wearing long shirts and pants or using a good sunscreen. It’s no fun wearing a hiking backpack with burnt shoulders… trust me!
These are some of the most important pieces of gear that you should carry with you in the woods! Whether you are running out for an hour in the woods or planning a weeklong excursion, these will help you make it home safely! If all this talk of exploring is too exciting to ignore, give us a call at 970.507.8655 and we can help you find a place to stay in Southwest Colorado!