Upcoming Events in Pagosa Springs 1/19/23-1/26/23

As we get closer to the weekend, it’s time to start planning for some fun activities. Be sure to check out these great events:

FRI 1/20 – SUN 1/22: WinterFest @ Downtown Pagosa Springs. Brought to you by the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. An activity-packed weekend for the whole family! The Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascensions, Sled Races, Cross Country Ski Clinic, Fat Bike Race, BB Gun Biathlon, the Polar Plunge and so much more!

FRI 1/20: Live Music @ The Springs Resort – Hotel Atrium. 5-7pm. Live music by a local duo-Ron & Susan. Enjoy some southwestern country rock while sipping on a cocktail!

FRI 1/20: Painting Party @ Picasso & Vino Studio. 6:30-8:30pm. “Coffee Time.” Follow along step by step to create your own masterpiece! Beverages and light snacks are available for purchase. $38 – make reservations at https://picassoandvino.com.

SAT 1/21 & SUN 1/22: Skis and Saddles Skijoring @ Archuleta County Fairgrounds. Experience the excitement of skijoring – horses pulling skiers and snowboarders, completing challenges.

SAT 1/21 & SUN 1/22: WinterFest Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascension @ Uptown Pagosa Springs. Approximately 8 am. Mass ascension around Pagosa Lakes-from the west side open areas of Pagosa.

SAT 1/21: Red Ryder BB Gun Biathlon @ Yamaguchi Park. 10am. A favorite local event for all ages and abilities and also great for spectators. Registration and info at pagosanordic.com.

SAT 1/21: WinterFest 7th Annual Barkus Parade @ Downtown Pagosa Springs. Registration at 10:30am and starts at 11am. The Lost Cajun is hosting this event as a benefit for Rugby’s Rescue House. Bring your costumed pet and parade with us. Costume contest! Participants are asked to make a small donation, $10 or more in support of Rugby’s Rescue House. Get a free cup of gumbo at the Lost Cajun Restaurant.

SAT 1/21: WinterFest 12th Annual Penguin Plunge @ Downtown Pagosa Springs. Registration at 12pm and plunge at 1pm. Support your favorite non-profits by raising money and plunging into the San Juan River. Watch from the San Juan River Walk. 105 Hot Springs Blvd https://pagosachamber.com/winterfest.

SAT 1/21: Sound Journey @ The Edge of Silence. 1pm. Experience the healing benefits of harmonic vibrations produced by large gongs, Himalayan singing bowls. Call 970-389-9422. More info at https://theedgeofsilence.org. 2839 Cornerstone Dr. #5.

SAT 1/21: Live Music @ The Springs Resort – Hotel Atrium. 5-7pm. Live music and cocktails with Glenn Unrath and Jack Ellis. A blend of acoustic blues, country and folk.

SAT 1/21: Painting Party @ Picasso & Vino Studio. 6:30-8:30pm. “Hawaiian Vacation”. Follow along step by step to create your own masterpiece! Beverages and light snacks are available for purchase. Reservations at https://picassoandvino.com. $38.

SAT 1/21: Live Music Concert @ Archuleta County Fairgrounds Extension Building. 7-9pm. Concert at Skis and Saddles Skijor Pagosa Country. “Float like a Buffalo.” Rock with funk, ska, reggae & jam influences. Tickets and more info https://skisandsaddles.com. $15. 344 US HWY 84.

SUN 1/22: WinterFest Pagosa Nordic Learn to Cross-Country Ski Clinic @ Cloman Park. Checked in and ready to ski by 9:45am. These great introductory clinics for adults are held throughout the season. Skate ski and classic cross-country ski basics will be shared by some of Pagosa Springs’ best skiers. All free of charge. Donations and Pagosa Nordic Club membership are strongly encouraged to help offest the expenses with conducting the clinics and trail grooming. Register at https://pagosanordic.com.

SUN 1/22: Bingo @ St John Paul II Catholic Church. Early bird games at 5:45pm and regular bingo starts at 6pm. Food, beverages and bingo for the whole family. Doors open at 5pm.

TUES 1/24 – SUN 1/29: Bamboo Fly Rod Building Class @ PJ’s Fine Bamboo Rods. 8:30am. PJ’s will host six-day bamboo fly rod building classes numerous times a year. Build your own handcrafted bamboo fly rod from a culm of bamboo to your very own custom bamboo fly rod. Register at https://pjsfinebamboo.com/classes.

TUES 1/24: Live Music @ The Springs Resort – Hotel Atrium. 5-7pm. Live music and cocktails with the Jackson Mountain Ramblers. Playing a mix of your favorite classics.

TUES 1/24: Open Mic @ The Den. 6pm. Come play music, sing, practice your stand-up comedy or read some poetry. Hosted by Carl Mori.

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Wolf Creek Snow Report

We are halfway through the week! Only a few more days until the weekend. And trust me, you’re going to be even more excited for the weekend when you hear about the snow Wolf Creek has received over the last few days!

Wolf creek has received 11″ from the most recent storm, bringing the 7-day total to 16″!

The snowfall year-to-date is 71″.Screenshot_20221207_103332

The midway snow depth is 39″ and the summit snow depth is 42″.

The conditions are powder/packed powder with excellent early season conditions and unmarked obstacles.

The mountain is officially 100% open with 9 lifts and 1,600 skiable acres!!!

The pick of the hill today is Tranquility.

Lift tickets are at Local Appreciation rates today and tomorrow (12/7 & 12/8). $62 for adults, $43 for seniors and $32 for children!

Based on the forecast, it looks like we might receive more snow today. After this storm moves out, we most likely won’t be seeing more snowfall until Sunday.

As always, please use caution when driving!

For the most up-to-date information call 1-800-SKI-WOLF

Road conditions and restrictions in the area may be found by visiting COTrip.org

Happy Shredding! If we receive more snow, I’ll be sure to update y’all! 

PLUMTAW FIRE UPDATE

 Here are some extra recourses to help you stay connected to the fire: Please follow the link to read the latest release from the Pagosa Sun:

https://pagosasun.com/2022/05/17/fire-burning-on-plumtaw-road/?fbclid=IwAR0p1bgKZuzxYUJR-EcpU7M8yB_MKwGT_hz-w0PpZfNRNoaqRpZgxy0srmU

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!

Pagosa Springs Upcoming Events

We are heading full force into summer! This means there are so many fun things to do here in Pagosa over the weekend, everyone is outside and enjoying the towns events! Come join us.

Starting today May 18th Motel Soco is holding a Trivia night from 6pm-8pm.

Picasso and Vino is hosting a painting party if you aren’t feeling the trivia vibe! Just $38 from 6:30-8:30.

Friday, May 20th 2022

Live Music @ El Camino Lounge at Motel Soco

Beverages & Live Music with Public Opinion. For more information & calendar of events https://motelsoco.com/calendar. 5-8pm.

ComFest 2022 @ Town Park

Town of Pagosa Springs Presents ComFest! A free outdoor concert series. 5:30-8:30pm.

Saturday, May 21st 2022

Live Music @ Two Chicks and a Hippie (Bakery and Coffee House)

Food, cocktails & live music with Bob Hemenger. Local, soulful smooth jazz saxophonist. 9am-noon.

Sound Journey @ Edge of Silence

Experience the healing benefits of harmonic vibrations produced by large gongs, Himalayan singing bowls. More info at http://theedgeofsilenceorg. 1pm.

Other than town events, there is so much to experience around town as well.  Check Hiking trails in Pagosa Springs and get outside and enjoy the scenery.

Locals and neighbors have been concerned about the most recent fire burning 7 miles north of the town. We will do our best to keep you updated

With many of our owners not living in the Pagosa Springs area, it can be frightening to hear of the local plumtaw fire, hopefully the following information will help keep you all well informed.  I have found that the Pagosa Sun is updating the most frequently.  Here is a link to the most current update of the fire:

https://pagosasun.com/2022/05/19/critical-fire-weather-expected-on-the-plumtaw-fire-today/

 

 

School Of Movement Pagosa Presents…

 

Burlesque

Thursday, May 5th at 7pm.

Pagosa Center for the Arts

2313 Eagle Drive

 $25 on Thursday, May 5th – Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm

$30 on Friday and Saturday, May 6th & 7th

$25 on Thursday, May 12th

$35 for final weekend, Friday and Satruday, May 13th & 14th

Recommended age for mature audiences – 14 and up.

Purchase tickets at pagosacenter.org

 

 

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Attention Fellow SnowHomies!

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.

 

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Spring Break

Spring Break in Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs has become a very popular vacation spot in recent years, and for good reason! With stunning views around every corner and friendly people in every store, it really is a great place to go and relax. With spring break fast approaching; we decided to put together a list of some of the best activities available to do in Pagosa! If you don’t see your favorite Pagosa Springs activity on this list let us know so we can add it to the next one!

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  • Ski/Snowboard Wolf Creek – Wolf Creek Ski Area is a 1,600 acre ski area located just 20 miles from Pagosa Springs. Wolf Creek is well known among avid skiers and snowboarders for the deep powder snow it gets every year. The mountain gets more snow than any other ski resort in Colorado, topping out at 430 inches per year! With 10 lifts, including 2 conveyor lifts, there is something for skiers of all skill levels! If skiing isn’t your thing, there are popular sledding hills less than a mile from the resort at the entrance to Lobo Overlook!

 

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  • Drive To Williams Creek Reservoir – Williams Creek Reservoir is a large reservoir located approximately 23 miles from town. Take Piedra Road (CR 600) and enjoy views of mountains, large valleys, and wildlife on your way to the lake! Once you have arrived there are opportunities to hike, camp, and fish! Ice fishing for trout and salmon is very popular at Williams; you can call the forest service to see what lures or bait have been working for local anglers. If you plan on spending the day, be sure to pack food and water as the general store near the lake is closed during the winter months.

 

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  • Soak In The Hot Springs – Pagosa Springs is know for it’s hot springs above all else. The “mother spring” located behind The Springs Resort, is the deepest geothermal hot spring in the world; so deep that the measuring equipment maxed out at 1,002 feet! The geothermal water is believed to have healing properties that can help with many different conditions. People come from around the world to soak in the hot springs. There are several places in town that offer soaking tubs for a small fee. The Springs Resort offers many pools with different temperatures and sizes right on the San Juan river. Healing Waters, across the street from The Springs, is smaller but offers a geothermally heated swimming pool! Lastly, the Overlook, located on Main Street, offers rooftop pools with a view of downtown Pagosa! You can’t go wrong with any of these options for a relaxing evening after skiing! If you want to save a little money, ask a local to point you towards the Hippie Dip; a small natural hot spring located right on the San Juan River! This is a popular spot for locals to take a quick dip!
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  • Have a beer & listen to live music – While Pagosa Springs is known mainly for the hot springs and it’s plethora of outdoor activities, music is also a huge part of the culture! If you walk through downtown Pagosa on a Friday night you are bound to hear live music echoing out from the restaurants. Go to Riff Raff On The Rio to see musicians playing by the river or up to Pagosa Brewing to listen to local bands jamming under the tent. Pagosa Springs is full of talented musicians who like sharing their music. If you like beer, there are many local brews available at most restaurants and bars in town! Both Riff Raff Brewing and Pagosa Brewing have won several awards for their beers! If you find a beer you love, you can buy a metal growler to take home as a souvenir from your spring break adventure!

 

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  • Shop On Main Street – Need a break from skiing or soaking in the springs? Shopping Main St. is a fun way to burn some time! Pagosa Springs’ Main Street is full of shops; from rock shops, to the local bookstore Bookends, to The Lost Cajun restaurant, there is plenty to explore! We recommend starting by The Malt Shoppe and working your way all the down to Memory Lane Antiques. Definitely stop at Pagosa Baking Company for a fresh baked treat! During the busy season parking can be hard to find. Luckily, there are larger parking lots located on either end of Main Street.
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  • Satisfy Your Sweet-Tooth at The Choke Cherry Tree – If you grew up in Pagosa, or have visited before, you probably know about The Choke Cherry Tree! This awesome business opened in Pagosa Springs in 1999 and has been a favorite ever since! The Choke Cherry Tree is known for their choke cherry jams and amazing homemade caramel, but that isn’t all they do! They make candies, caramels, infused oils, every sauce you can think of, and more! I personally love their salted caramels and pickled okra. If your mouth is watering like mine is and you can’t wait for spring break, just order online and have these delicious treats shipped to your door! They even offer gift baskets!

 

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  • Search For Your Own Vacation Home – If a week during Spring Break isn’t enough time in Pagosa Springs for you, you may want to consider finding a vacation home here! There is so much to do here throughout the year that owning a home can be extremely advantageous! Here at NextHome we manage several vacation rental homes; you can use your home whenever you want and we can rent it out the rest of the time! This means you can actually make some extra income by owning a home in Pagosa Springs! If you would like to learn more, give us a call at (970) 507-8655 and we can talk you through our rental options!

We hope this blog post gave you some ideas for your spring break trip! If you have any questions, let us know! We would be happy to help. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook to keep up to date on what’s happening here at NextHome!

Lost Traction In The Snow?

Getting Out Of A Sticky (Snowy?) Situation

With winter in full force and Christmas nearly here, many of us are braving the snowy roads and icy parking lots. Whether you’re driving cross-country to see family, or driving down the road for groceries, you are likely going to encounter some bad road conditions! If you’re losing traction in the grocery store parking lot or stuck in a foot of snow, this guide should help you get out!

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Momentum Is Key!

If you are slipping or sliding on or off the road, don’t stop! If you keep your momentum up there is a good chance you will be able to drive away! If you stop you are much more likely to become stuck in the snow.

Easy On The Throttle.

Throttle control is extremely important when trying to get un-stuck. If you use too much power, you will spin your wheels and dig deeper into the snow. Spinning wheels can also turn the snow into ice, which isn’t ideal for traction! A light foot is a necessity when trying to get out of the snow.

Think About Gears.

If you are in a vehicle with an automatic, shift to the lowest gear possible. If you are in a vehicle with a manual transmission, shift to 3rd or 4th gear. Doing so will allow you to more easily control your tire movement and minimize wear to your car.

Disable Traction Control.

As counter-intuitive as it may seem, traction control won’t help you get unstuck! Traction control works by applying the brakes to whichever wheel has the least traction. This limits your control over the vehicle and can actually keep you from driving out of the snow! If your vehicle has traction control, you can turn it off by pushing or holding the traction control button. Be careful not to apply too much power with traction control off or your tires will just spin. See “Easy On The Throttle.

Rock & Roll!

Rocking your vehicle back and forth can help propel it out of a rut. Simply drive forward as much as you can, then put the car in reverse and move backwards. Repeat this step to build momentum and get unstuck! If you feel the car get over the rut, you can give it some gas to power out of the snow.

Traction Tools.

If you are stuck it is probably too late to put tire chains or cables on your car. That doesn’t mean you’re out of options! Small rocks, sand, kitty litter, and even small branches can be placed under the tires to add some grip. There are also traction boards available that work great for adding traction; they work as a makeshift shovel too!

Air Those Tires Down

If you simply don’t have enough traction to get moving, deflating your tires by a few PSI may help! When you let air out of your tires the contact patch between the tire and ground increases. This means you have more tread on the ground to add traction! If you keep your wheels straight with the tires aired down, there is less resistance so your car will move easier. Keep in mind that you will need to re-inflate your tires soon after getting unstuck or you risk damaging them. Several companies make portable air compressors for this application!

Dig, Dig, Dig!

Sometimes there is simply too much snow to drive through. When this is the case a proper shovel is your friend! There are several portable shovels available, many with collapsible handles for easy storage. These will come in very useful for unburying axles and clearing the underside of your car in deep snow. You can also use a shovel to build a ramp in the snow if it’s too deep for your car!

Last Ditch Efforts

If these tips just aren’t working in your situation, it’s best to either phone a friend or call a tow company for help! Remember to always check your tailpipes as a blockage could force exhaust gases into your vehicles cabin. If you find yourself in a situation where you’re waiting for help, break out your Winter Emergency Kit to stay warm and cozy! While you’re waiting, check out our Featured Listings, or like us on Facebook to see our Virtual Open House videos and other important updates!

Giving Trees

Giving Trees – Gifts Needed!

NextHome Rocky Mountain Realty & Rentals is doing Giving Trees in Pagosa Springs again this year! Each Giving Tree will have tags with Luke (that Orange Dog) on them, so they are easy to find.

Each of these tags will have a child’s name and item from his/her wish list. If you would like to sponsor a gift for one or more of these kids, you can simply take the tag off the tree, purchase and wrap the gift, and bring it by our office to be taken to that child! Trees will be located at Ponderosa Lumber and Ace Hardware.

If you would like to sponsor a gift, but don’t want to go into the store for a tag, we will gladly provide you with gift info, just give us a call at (970) 507-8655 or email us at info@nexthomermr.com.

This is a wonderful way to give back to the community during the Holidays, especially this year! We want every kid to have a good Christmas, and this is a great way to help! Don’t forget to like us on Facebook for NextHome updates and virtual open house videos!

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