Scenic Drives In Pagosa

The Best Scenic Drives For Your Colorado Vacation

Pagosa Springs is home to some of the best scenic roads in Colorado. With more than 3 million acres of National Forest and wilderness areas, you are almost guaranteed to fall in love with these views as you head down the road. Below is a list of some of the best scenic drives Pagosa has to offer:

  1. Mill Creek Road – Turn off of Hwy 84 onto Mill Creek Road, next to the county fairgrounds. At 32 miles round trip, this road provides great panoramic views of Squaretop Mountain, as well as the upper San Juan Valley and the Blanco Basin. All but the last mile or so is accessible with any conventional vehicle, however 4wd is recommended if it has been raining. The road dead-ends, so you must return via the same route.
  2. Blanco Basin Road – Head south down Hwy 84 to the Blanco Basin Turnoff (CR 326) for amazing views of the Continental Divide, Squaretop Mountain, and Oil Mountain. If you have time for a  quick (6 mile) side trip, I recommend taking a right turn onto Castle Creek Road (FS 660) across the Rio Blanco to Fish Creek. These roads dead-end and are approximately 40mi round trip.
  3. Lobo Overlook – Accessible from June to September, this spectacular overlook is located on the summit of Wolf Creek Pass on the North side of the road. With restrooms and a picnic area at the top, this is a great place to stop for a quick photo-shoot or just a lunch break! Accessible by conventional vehicles.
  4. Plumtaw/Piedra Loop –  This 35 mile long Forest Service Access road begins in town as Four Mile Road and soon transitions into one of the highest forest roads in the area; making for great vistas and fall foliage opportunities. As Plumtaw transitions into Piedra Road (CR600,) you will cross over the Piedra River, and pass by the beautiful Piedra Gorge. This dirt road is accessible by all vehicles in the summer and fall months.
  5. East Fork – Located 10 miles down Hwy 160 on the right, East Fork provides incredible scenic views of “beehive” rock formations, as well as many valley and river views. The drive includes 2 river crossings, as well as some technical terrain so 4 wheel drive and high clearance is required. At the upper end of the valley there is a fork; going left will take you over Elwood Pass all the way to Summitville.

These are just a few of the many scenic drives Pagosa has to offer. It is recommended to check road conditions and closings here ahead of time so your drive goes as smoothly as possible. Drive Safe and don’t be afraid to explore!Scenic Roads

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Snow Report

Do you love to Ski or snow board? If you said yes, it is the perfect time to come to Pagosa Springs,CO

Wolf Creek Snow Report

SNOW REPORT: JANUARY 17, 2020 

CURRENT CONDITIONS

Summit Depth Midway Depth Latest Storm Snowfall YTD
80″ 73″ 4″ 224″

SNOWFALL IN THE LAST…

24 Hours 48 Hours 72 Hours 7 Days
4″ 4″ 4″ 27″

SKIES

Currently:
Snowing Moderately

CURRENT WEATHER

Temperature:
18°
Yesterdays High:
21°
Forecast:
Heavy Snow with a High near 23°
Last Nights Low:
18°
Road Conditions:
Plowed and Sanded with Winter Driving Conditions
6

Wolf Creek ~Fresh Powder~Slope time

Welcome to Pagosa Springs, CO ! One of our main activities when the snow falls is skiing, snow boarding, and sledding or maybe just building the cutest snowman ever. Wolf Creek is one of the best places to play in the snow.  Wolf Creek was able to open on October 13, 2019 this was the second earliest in Wolf Creek history!

Courtesy of Wolf Creek Ski Area.

Wolf Creek is excited to announce the opening of the upper mountain this weekend with Treasure Stoke, Bonanza, Elma, Nova, Lynx and the Magic Carpet lifts operating from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.!  The mountain will now be open 7 days a week starting this Saturday, November 23rd!  The ski area will be closed tomorrow, Friday, November 22nd.

****Snow report for Thursday, November 21st, 2019*****

Summit Base Depth: 18″

Midway Base Depth: 18″

New Snow (24 Hours): 12″

New Snow (48 Hours): 12″

New Snow (72 Hours): 12″

New Snow (7 Days): 12″

Latest Storm Total: 12″

Year-to-Date:  34″

  • Wolf Creek will be open 7 days a week for the season beginning Saturday, November 23rd.
  • Wolf Creek will be closed tomorrow, Friday, November 22nd.
  • To celebrate the opening of the upper mountain, Wolf Creek will be offering the Local Appreciation Rate until further notice.  Local appreciation rates are $54 for adults, $36 for seniors and $29 for children.
  • The Ski School will be available for both adults and children, including the Wolf Pup Program.  The Ski Rental and Boarder Dome will also be open, as well as Treasure Sports.
  • The Wolf Creek Lodge will be open this weekend with a full menu as well as the Prospector Grill, the Continental Espresso Bar and Base Camp, Wolf Creek’s Picnic Building.
  • There will be entertainment in the Main Day Lodge this weekend with Christof the One Man Band from Taos.
  • Check WolfCreekSki.com or 1-800-SKI-WOLF for the most up-to-date information.

With the new snow fall skiing or snowboarding  conditions perfect for your Thanksgiving holiday! There will be plenty of fresh powder when doing big air jumps or if you are more of a novice and biffs are your thing then you are in luck! Check out the rentals tab if you are in need of a short term rental.

Four Corners Folk Fest!

More music in Pagosa Springs is right around the corner! Coming up on August 30th at Resevoir Hill we are going to hear some great tunes from The Mammals, Darrell Scott, Billy Strings and more. Its hard to not enjoy this festival with the singing hills and great views. Of coarse we cant forget the talented vendors that will be there set up with their goods. Come and enjoy the Four Corners Folk Festival.

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fair

The Fair is here!

Its time to enjoy all the fun events our Archuleta County Fair has to offer! From August 1st to August 4th it will be the highlight of your weekend. There are rodeos live music featuring bands like High Rollers Band, Bo DePena, San Jaun Mountain Boys, and more. The kids (and the kid in you) can enjoy laser tag, karaoke, a petting zoo, and the Wacky Science Fun. Don’t forget your dancing shoes, this will be an amazing time!

 

Time to get muddy!

If your interested in an amazing time, think about joining the Pirate Plunge 5k mud run! Let loose and get dirty all while getting your exercise, and community participation all in one. This Saturday, July 20th from 10 AM to 12 PM.

 

Photo Credit to PiratePlunge.com
Photo Credit to PiratePlunge.com

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Let’s Ride!

For those of you who like the outdoors and are looking for trails to ride your ATVs, this is the place for you. In this picture below there are details of trails and rental places for you and your family! As well as more activities for you to do while visiting Pagosa Springs. It’s starting to feel like summer and the summer activities are here for you. Click the image below!…ATV PicturePhoto Credit to Google Images

OUR EPIC SNOW SEASON IS ALMOST OVER

Although we are hoping for a few months of off-season winter sports, Wolf Creek Ski area has scheduled a tentative closing day of April 7, 2019.

Often referred to as Gaper Day, the last day of ski/snowboard season tends to be an afternoon of friends, costumes, tailgating, and more! Gaper Day is essentially the April Fool’s of the mountain– an event you’ll be sorry if you miss! So get your costumes ready and join us for the fun at Wolf Creek!

This Weekend’s Blood Moon

We’re loving these pictures of Sunday’s Super Blood Wolf Moon! This was the first full moon of 2019 and the first of two lunar eclipses we will see this year. However, we won’t see another total lunar eclipse until May 2021. Who else watched it?

 

Photo Courtesy of Jeff Haas (Facebook)
Photo Courtesy of Jeff Haas (Facebook)
Photo Courtesy of Jeff Haas (Facebook)
Photo Courtesy of Jeff Haas (Facebook)

 

Incredible Views from Pagosa’s Echo Lake!

Check out these shots from Echo Lake yesterday!! We sure do have some amazing sunrises!

Photo Courtesy of Jeffrey Haas

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Photos courtesy of Jeffrey Hass