Watersports and relaxation near Pagosa Springs.

Activities in the sunny, off-the-beaten-path town of Pagosa Springs revolve around its powerful river, the San Juan. Thanks to 300 days of sunshine each year, most involve paddling atop its deep blue surface, with the San Juan Mountains and the Southern Ute Indian lands in the distance. But the community’s name derives from the Ute word (“Pagosah”) for “healing waters,” and the area has plenty of mineral pools, too. Go on, take a dip.

Pagosa Outside

Rent kayaks or book a white-water-rafting trip through Pagosa Outside, a reputable one-stop outfitter for activities on the roaring San Juan.

The Springs Resort & Spa

Guests enjoy free use of the mineral pools; book a facial or massage in the serene spa before retiring to your room with its western landscape paintings and contemporary mountain-rustic décor.

Alley House Grille

At the cozy refurbished 1912 bungalow, you can dine on sesame-crusted ahi or rosemary-lemon-chicken pizzas.

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