RTX Exchange Spotlight | Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Are you traveling to Colorado soon? Don’t miss out on these fun activities this month. Keep reading for details.

Hot spring river pool

Summertime in Pagosa Springs teems with endless blue skies and opportunities to frolic in the Colorado outdoors. Surrounded by 2.5 million acres of wilderness and national forest areas, Pagosa is blessed with more than 650 miles of trails, waterfall hikes, world-class fishing, hot springs and more.  Here are some warm-weather activities in and around the town to add to your to-do list.

Travel to the top of the Continental Divide on Wolf Creek Pass, a steep and winding road between Pagosa Springs and South Fork.

Reel in an epic catch — right downtown!

Capture aerial views of the San Juan Mountains and the area’s gorgeous canyons and valleys on a hot-air balloon ride.

Soak in 30 different mineral-rich pools in one of three hot springs facilities.

Explore the history of the Ancestral Puebloans. 

Sample refreshing, hops-flavored libations at award-winning Colorado breweries.

Hike to reflective alpine lakes, misty waterfalls and kaleidoscopic wildflower fields.

Paddle, float, tube and play in the San Juan River.

Ride historic trains to catch views of old stagecoach roads and mining camps.

Want more? Here are a few more activities in the Pagosa Springs area in August:

Archuleta County Fair

  • Date: Thur-Sun, August 2-5, 2018
  • Address: Pagosa Springs
  • About: 67th season since 1951, events include archery, BBQ competition, boxing, Colorado State Fast Draw Championships, live music, livestock auction, Junkyard Jamboree Car Show, Salida circus, skateboarding. There’s also a kid’s and a ranch rodeo. Vendors will on-site

Durango Blues Train

  • Date: Fri-Sat, June 1-2, August 17-18, 2018
  • Address: Durango
  • About: Attend one of two nights on an epic, one-of-a-kind blues train, roundtrip from Durango to Silverton.

Mushroom & Wine Festival

  • Date: Sat-Sun, August 18-19, 2018
  • Address: Purgatory Resort, Durango
  • About: Celebrate a bounty of wild mushrooms with a mushroom dinner, guided hunt and culinary showcase, all paired to wine.

San Juan BrewFest

  • Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
  • Address: Durango
  • About: 20th annual San Juan Brewfest featuring live music and over fifty breweries at Buckley Park, in downtown Durango.

Four Corners Folk Festival

  • Date: Fri-Sun, August 31-September 2, 2018
  • Address: Reservoir Hill, Pagosa Springs
  • About: Highlights for the 23rd annual Folk Fest include food vendors, a beer garden, live folk music and kids’ entertainment. Many people camp at the event on Reservoir Hill.

About the Author

About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. His favorite RTX destinations are on the beach: Orange Beach, Alabama, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. .

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