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5 Summer Bucket List Ideas in Pagosa Springs

After the year we just had, I’m sure many of you are eager to creep out of your bubble and explore the world. Whether you live in Pagosa Springs full-time, or you are just passing through on a summer vacation, there is so much to see and do in this small mountain town.
Need a few ideas to get you started? We’ve put together a list of five summer bucket list ideas for Pagosa Springs.


1. Take a hot air balloon ride
There’s nothing quite like a birds-eye view of our spectacular mountain town. Head on over to Rocky Mountain Balloon Adventures to book your summer flight!


2. Soak in the mineral-rich hot springs
Treat yourself to some self-care and visit the world-famous Pagosa Springs hot springs. In 2011, the Guinness Book World Records named the spring beneath Pagosa Springs the “Deepest Thermal Hot Spring.” It measured at 1,002 feet, although it could be even deeper – the plumb line ran out before hitting bottom! There are three locations to choose from, all of which offer massage services. Why not make it a whole day of relaxation?

The Springs Resort & Spa
Healing Waters Resort & Spa
Overlook Hot Springs Spa


3. Explore Chimney Rock National Monument
Located just 7 miles from downtown Pagosa Springs, Chimney Rock National Monument is a must see for those who love history and culture.


4. Take a hike
There are so many wilderness areas and trails to choose from! Pack a lunch and explore Williams Reservoir for something on the lighter side or put on your heavier hiking boots and take on a more challenging hike. Download the AllTrails app or head on over to for trail ideas.


5. Paddle, float, or tube the San Juan River
Hot summer day? Head downtown for a day spent on the river. Mid-May through mid-June is a great time for kayaking or rafting; mid-June through early September is perfect for tubing. There are several water sport rental companies in town that can help you with everything you’ll need for your river trip.


With all these activities, you’re bound to work up an appetite. We might be a small town, but we offer tons of options for every kind of foodie. From breweries to Asian to fine dining, you’re sure to find something to please your taste buds. Check out for a list of restaurants!