Pagosa Springs may seem like a sleepy little ski town but that’s not exactly the case. Sure, it’s generally known as the bedroom community for Wolf Creek Ski Area, with some world-class hot springs. But Pagosa Springs boasts a year-round professional theater, a quirky little museum dedicated to a renowned comic strip writer and artist, several micro breweries – including one that taps its own root beer – fine dining and many outdoor activities besides skiing.
The town sits atop what has been measured as the world’s deepest thermal springs and three sites in town offer easy access to the soothing waters, said Jennifer Green, director of Visit Pagosa Springs. The Healing Waters Resort & Spa (pshotsprings.com) offers a large, naturally heated, mineral pool in addition to more intimate tubs. The Overlook Hot Springs (overlookhotsprings.com) has rooftop perches for uninhibited views of the surroundings, as well as a private tub room. And the Springs Resort & Spa (pagosahotsprings.com), snuggled alongside the San Juan River, has 23 different soaking tubs, with five of those for adults only. “The hot springs are a great attraction year round,” Green said. “The hot water is certainly a nice way to relax at the end of the day.”
Especially when that day was spent on the mountains of Wolf Creek (wolfcreekski.com), Green said. “We’re a destination ski area,” said Rosanne Haidorfer-Pitcher, spokeswoman for the resort.