Pagosa Springs is a fun, beautiful town in the southern part of Colorado. If you’re looking to spend a day, weekend, or week there, you’ll find plenty of thing to do in Pagosa Springs with kids.
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Pagosa Springs is a great stop if you are taking a road trip around Colorado. There are a few towns within a couple hours, so make sure not to miss it when you are in southern Colorado.
Where is Pagosa Springs?
Pagosa Springs is located in the southern part of Colorado. Great Sand Dunes National Park is about 2 hours east, and Durango is about 1 hour west.
Closest Airport to Pagosa Springs
The closest major airports to Pagosa springs are:
Albuquerque (ABQ)- 3-1/2 hours drive
Colorado Springs (COS) – 4-1/2 hours drive
Denver (DEN)- Just over 5 hours drive
Where to Stay in Pagosa Springs
Pagosa is filled with places to stay, whether you are looking for a resort-style, hot springs, or something affordable. The top places to stay in Pagosa Springs are:
The Springs Resort and Spa- a popular place with many hot springs on site.
Wyndham Pagosa Springs – plenty of space for the whole family and great amenities
Read more details about these hotels and other options of where to stay in Pagosa Springs.
What to do in Pagosa Springs with Kids
Here are some of the top things to do in Pagosa Springs that the whole family will love! Take a peek and plan out your visit with your favorites.
Hanging out at the Hippy Dip in Pagosa Springs
1- Warm Up in the Hot Springs in Pagosa Springs
Soaking in the hot springs is probably the top things that Pagosa Springs is known for. There are plenty of options for soaking in the springs. Visit the Springs Resort and Spa on a day pass (not quite budget friendly if you’re a big family, but beautiful!) or stay there overnight for early access to them.
While you can’t soak it in, make sure to also check out the Great Pagosah Spring, which is the world’s deepest geothermal hot spring. It’s at least a thousand feet deep, but no one knows how deep it is for sure as it hasn’t gotten measured beyond that. Located on Hot Springs Blvd at the Springs Resort.
We chose to try out the FREE hot springs in Pagosa. There are a few to choose from, but a couple require a hike to get to. We visited the Hippy Dip right in the San Juan River. This natural spring has a few different soaking pools at different temperatures so you and the kids can find the just-right one.
2- Go Rafting on the San Juan River
Often noted as one of the most scenic spots in the US to get on the river, you can enjoy a morning of rafting down the San Juan River. The location even gives you the chance to try and spot some wildlife while on the river.
Minimum age: 6 years old
3- Play at a Park in Pagosa Springs
For an easy thing to do in Pagosa Springs with kids, check out one of many of the towns parks.
Head to Cloman Park if your family enjoys disc golf. In winter you can even use the cross country ski trails at the park.
Try River Center Park, which is great for all seasons. You can fish when it’s warm and ice skate on the pond when conditions are cold enough for it to freeze.
Yamaguchi Park is a little more traditional with playgrounds, soccer fields, basketball, and small climbing walls to play on.
For a beach experience in summer, head to Centennial Park. Enjoy the picnic tables, bathrooms, and certain times of year a small beach area emerges to play in.
Treasure Falls frozen over in winter
4- Hike to Treasure Falls in Pagosa Springs
There are many hikes in Pagosa Springs (I’ll get to more below), but Treasure Falls deserves it’s own shout-out as it is a classic stop in Pagosa Springs.
About 16 miles east on highway 160 you’ll find the pull-out for Treasure Falls. You can easily enjoy the view from the pull-out if hiking isn’t in your plans.
However, this hike is nice and short at just over 1/2 mile total and looks great up close.
We hiked in winter, which I don’t recommend unless you have grips/spikes on your shoes as it was very icy. If you DO have spikes, Treasure Falls is quite stunning when it’s frozen.
But summertime makes it perfect for the whole family to ascend up to the falls for great viewing.
5- Check out the Pagosa Springs History Museum
If your kids like museum or history, Pagosa Springs History Museum is a fun stop for the family. Witness artifacts that were collected from the surrounding areas and learn about life over 100 years ago. Make sure to check out the blacksmith shop and the ranching equipment.
Open seasonally, May-September. Check ahead.
6- Soar Over Pagosa in a Hot Air Balloon
Experience some of the most beautiful scenery in Colorado on the ground, and then take it to the skies in a hot air balloon. Plenty of hot air balloons make their way over Pagosa, and this is a fun family experience in Pagosa Springs that the kids will definitely remember.
7- Stop by the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
Open year round, you can stop by the Wildlife Park in Pagosa Springs for a little zoo experience. Check out animals like bobcats, wolves, bears, mountain lions, elk, and more. They are kept in large enclosures as you walk around the property.
Because of their history, the animals that were brought here are unable to survive in the wilderness on their own and would most likely be killed quickly if released. They are taken care of and used for education in the Wildlife Park
In the summertime you can even take a horseback trail ride (must be 6+ years old.)
Our family of 6 visited for around $50, so it’s not too expensive for a few hours of fun and animal viewing.
Tip: They feed the animals at 2pm, which is a great time to increase your chances of seeing any animals that might be tucked away sleeping! (Check ahead to make sure the time doesn’t change)
Learn more about the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park in Pagosa Springs.
8- Try Some Winter Snow Tubing Or Sledding
If you are visiting Pagosa Springs in winter, there are still plenty of fun things to do. Stop at Pagosa Mountain Sports to rent a tube or sled, then head to Reservoir Hill for bigger hills or Turkey Springs Trailhead for smaller hills.
The Riverwalk runs along the San Juan River
9- Take a Family Hike
Hiking is always one of our favorite things to do when we travel. It’s especially nice because it’s usually free or very inexpensive.
San Juan Riverwalk is a perfect place for a family stroll. Enjoy a scenic walk along the river through the downtown area of Pagosa Springs. This is perfect if you just want somewhere easy to stretch your and your kids legs.
Treasure Falls, as mentioned above, has a bit of an ascent to it, but is short and sweet. The waterfall can be seen from the car pullout, or hike up for a better view.
Piedra Falls is another great hike, especially with littles, as it’s only 1 mile and fairly easy terrain. This is a great one to stay cool on, as the trail has a bit of shade, and you can dip your feet in when you arrive.
Piedra Ice Fissure Trail (aka Ice Caves) is just under 3 miles, and takes you through some cool features. Of course, you can hike in as far as you’re interested and come back. Watch for small caves and the fissures in the ground. While a fun trail, take caution as well as you explore.
10- Go River Tubing in Pagosa Springs
Grab a tube and cool down in the San Juan River. When the water is low, the San Juan River has nice, slow currents which make it great for the whole family to enjoy a nice and relaxing float. You can see where to get in the river on this map.
Note: Kids 12 and under must wear a lifejacket by law.
11- Attend One of Many Events in Pagosa Springs
If you visit Pagosa Springs in summer, there are plenty of Bluegrass and Art festivals to attend. You can stop by the 4th of July parade in July or the county fair in August.
Fall brings the beautiful hot air balloon festival while December brings Christmas events to the town.
Things to do NEAR Pagosa Springs
There are so many fun things to do in Pagosa Springs that you may spend all your time in town. But if you are looking for a few day trips, here are a few fun things to do just a short drive away.
11- Ride the Narrow Gauge Railroad in Durango
About a 1 hour drive
The Narrow Gauge Railroad runs all year. Summer routes can take you all the way to Silverton and winter routes stop in Cascade Canyon. Either way, the train was one of my kids favorite things we did. You’ll experience amazing scenery along the ride.
The train has bathrooms, concessions, and options of pre-ordering a meal as well.
Buy your tickets for the train ahead of time to secure your seats.
13- Play at Great Sand Dunes National Park
About 2 hour drive
Great Sand Dunes National Park is a perfect, exciting and unique day trip from Pagosa Springs. If you are coming from Pagosa, then the best time to go is spring or fall when temperatures aren’t as extreme. If you are there in summer though, make sure to go early in the morning or in the evening. Sand temperatures can reach 150, which makes the experience not as fun.
Great Sand Dunes National Park is definitely worth the drive if you can make it work. Check out all the fun things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park.
14- Walk through History at Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park is a unique kind of National Park as well. Here, you get to see cliff dwellings of Ancestral Pueblo people from the late 1100’s.
It’s quite incredible to see how high up these dwellings are off the side of a mountain.
The park offers hikes to get close up during the summer months. But even off season there are plenty of places to pull over and see the dwellings from a distance. Many stops provide binoculars to look through so you can get a good look.
What to do in Pagosa Springs for Families
No matter what season your visit, there are plenty of things to do in Pagosa Springs for families. I’d definitely recommend the hot springs, whether you are able to pay for the resort springs or just visiting the free ones by the river. After that, choose your favorite ways to explore Pagosa Springs.
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