For those who prefer to experience off-slope winter adventures, Pagosa, surrounded by more than three million acres of national forest and wilderness areas, offers a plethora of possibilities.
Pagosa Springs, Colo. (PRWEB) November 08, 2012
Pagosa Springs is home to Wolf Creek Ski Resort, one of Colorado’s most affordable, family-friendly ski areas, which receives an average of 465 inches of natural snowfall each year. But for those who prefer to experience off-slope winter adventures, Pagosa, surrounded by more than three million acres of national forest and wilderness areas, offers a plethora of possibilities.
- Snowshoeing & cross-country skiing: Pagosa Springs boasts more than 50km of groomed trails for snowshoeing, classic cross-country skiing and skate skiing. All of these are free to use thanks to the Pagosa Nordic Club. Popular area trails include Reservoir Hill in downtown Pagosa, the Coyote Hill Nordic Loops, the Pagosa Springs Golf Course and West Fork Nordic Trails. The Wolf Creek Pass Yurt also offers endless miles of skiing and snowshoeing trails, as well as unmatched serenity and scenery. A number of local outfitters can provide rentals and gear. There are also several organized Nordic-themed clinics, events and races.
- Snowmobiling: The surrounding San Juan Mountains provide an incredible canvas for snowmobilers to paint their motorized masterpiece. The hundreds of miles of maintained trails combine with extraordinary backcountry options to make Pagosa a snowmobiler’s paradise. There are a number of outfitters that provide guided tours for those who prefer not to go it alone.
- Sledding & sleigh rides: Sledding is an affordable way to play in the snow that can be done nearly anywhere in Pagosa Springs. Popular sledding sites include Reservoir Hill and the parking area at Lobo Overlook. For a more tranquil experience, let the magnificent draft horses of Astraddle a Saddle take you on a peaceful sleigh ride.
- Hot air ballooning: There is something magical about soaring high above the winter landscapes in a hot air balloon. Two outfitters – Rocky Mountain Balloon Adventures and Wind Wranglers Balloon Company – are available to help make spirits soar.
- Hot springs: There is no better way to rejuvenate after a day in the outdoor playground that is Pagosa Springs–or to indulge in an entire day of total bliss–than in the town’s hot springs. Pagosa’s hot springs aquifer was recently named by Guinness World Records as the deepest geothermal hot springs in the world. Soak in some of that record-breaking goodness at the town’s three facilities: Healing Waters Resort & Spa, Overlook Mineral Springs Spa and The Springs Resort and Spa.
For additional information on planning a trip to Pagosa Springs log on to http://www.visitpagosasprings.com.
About Pagosa Springs (http://www.visitpagosasprings.com)
Pagosa Springs is located in the Colorado Sunbelt along the western slope of the Continental Divide in southwest Colorado. Pagosa is home to the world’s deepest geothermal hot springs aquifer, as recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records, which provides R&R for weary travelers and also heats many downtown buildings and sidewalks. Nestled in the three-million acres of the Weminuche Wilderness and the San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Springs is one of Colorado’s most natural escapes. Visitors will find a variety of outdoor activities to participate in including biking, skiing, rock climbing, and horseback riding. Recently, Pagosa Springs was included in National Geographic Adventure magazine’s “50 Best Places to Live and Play NOW: The Next Great Adventure Towns edition.” To explore what Pagosa Springs has to offer visit http://www.visitpagosasprings.com.