Off to the Sand Dunes

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Sometimes staying in the same place for too long can be tiring, especially in the midst of a pandemic. Luckily, Southern Colorado is full of places to explore! If you are having trouble deciding where to go or just looking for somewhere to escape for the day, Great Sand Dunes National Park is a great place to start!

Topping out at around 755 feet high, these impressive sand dunes are the tallest in North America. The dunes are surrounded by the 14,000 ft. peaks of the Sangre De Cristo mountain range, the Southernmost range of the Rocky Mountains. The contrast between the light sand of the dunes and the dark greens and blues of the mountains makes for a truly stunning view. If you like taking photos, you are sure to enjoy this area!

Sand Dunes
Photo By: Gavin Kiker

In addition to taking in the views, visitors to the Great Sand Dunes can enjoy hiking and camping all throughout the park, splashing in Medano Creek when it’s flowing, and even sand-boarding and sledding. (Think snowboarding but with sand.) Sand toys are available to rent right before entering the park.

If driving slow offroad is more your speed, the Medano Pass Primitive Road may be for you! This 22 mile 4wd-only trail connects the Great Sand Dunes with Wet Mountain Valley and Colorado State Highway 69. The trail crosses Medano Creek nine times, and also takes you through some deep sand and even Bighorn Sheep habitat at the higher elevations.

Whether you want to backpack in and spend the night, or just pack a picnic and take some photos, Great Sand Dunes National Park makes for a wonderful Southern Colorado day trip! If you would like to see our featured homes in the area, click here. Don’t forget to like NextHome Rocky Mountain Realty & Rentals on Facebook for weekly virtual open houses and more!

Fire Ban Lifted

Campfires Now Legal

With monsoon season now upon us, the San Juan National Forest’s fire danger level has finally dipped down to moderate level. This means you can now have a campfire on your next outdoor adventure. Campfires are a great way to spend a warm summer night in Pagosa Springs, and in order to continue enjoying them,  we’ve put together some general guidelines to follow:

  • Clear 3 feet of ground down to dirt surrounding your campfire.
  • Bring a shovel and water with you, just in case.
  • Keep campfires small; they are much easier to control & put out.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Insure your campfire is completely out before leaving. If the coals are too hot for you to touch, you shouldn’t leave!

If you would like to see the current fire danger and restrictions, click here.

Following these easy guidelines helps to keep our forests open and healthy!

Campfire
Photo By: Gavin Kiker

 

Time To Go Hiking!

Hiking In Pagosa Springs

With July ending, and Pagosa getting much needed afternoon rain showers, it’s the perfect time to hit the trails and do some hiking!

Pagosa Springs is full of hiking trails, ranging from easy 1 mile hikes like the Piedra Falls trail, to more difficult 9+ mile hikes up into the High Country; such as the Little Blanco Trail, Fish Lake Trail, or the popular Pagosa Peak hike.

You can check out all the trails in Pagosa here: AllTrails.com

No matter what difficulty trails you are wanting to tackle, it is important to properly prepare for your adventure. Here are some general guidelines to insure you have an enjoyable experience:

  • Pack Plenty of Food and Water – You should drink 1 liter per hour while hiking, ideally. Snacks should provide good energy, no candy!
  • Carry a Flashlight and Waterproof Matches – Just in case you need to stay longer than planned
  • Bring a First Aid Kit – This one is pretty self-explanatory, if you get a cut, you can cover it up!
  • Leave Early – Afternoon showers are very common up in the mountains and you don’t want to be stuck in a lighting storm!
  • Stay On Trail – Preserve the land and views for future generations to enjoy!
  • Let Someone Know Your Trip Itinerary – If you become lost or injured and don’t contact them, they’ll know to send help.
  • Pace Yourself – You don’t want to be worn out halfway up the trail, take your time hiking and enjoy the southern Colorado scenery.
  • Enjoy Nature! – Put your phone down and take in the landscapes of this beautiful area!

With all the trails here in Pagosa, there is no reason not to get out and explore!

Quartz Ridge - Photo By: Gavin Kiker
Quartz Ridge – Photo By: Gavin Kiker
Little Blanco Trail - Photo By: Gavin Kiker
Little Blanco Trail – Photo By: Gavin Kiker

Furry Friends!

Come to the Human Society, located in Pagosa Springs, and adopt a furry friend today. This weeks dog will be Abeyta! Abeyta is a female Labrador Retriever/Husky Mix. She loves going for walks and running in the dog parks. She wouldn’t mind sharing her forever home with a doggie pal. Click On Abeyta’s picture to get more information today!..

Humane Society 1                                       Photo Credits to Humane Society Website

Hiking Trails in Pagosa Springs

A Walk in the Woods: Hiking Trails in Pagosa Springs

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(Follow the link in the picture to Pagosa.com and get the FULL scoop!)

This is a dear friend of mine named Ralph and I at the top of Pagosa Peak. I like to think of him as my own personal Sherpa. If you’re new to the area, get out there and explore!!! Nothing is more exhilarating than conquering a mountain, especially for an ex-city boy~ (even if it is only 12,600′ elevation)

Have Fun & Live Life!!!

~Ricardo