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  • Snowy Mountain Roads

    A Guide for Travel Routes and Safe, Winter Driving to The Springs Resort

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Traveling to Pagosa Springs by Air

Although Pagosa Springs is hidden in the San Juan Mountains, there are a few ways to make for a shorter trip from different airports near Pagosa Springs. Reduce your travel time by two to three hours by flying into Colorado, and book a rental car to enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery of Southwestern Colorado. Below is a list of the closest commercial airports.

A wide shot of snowy winding roads surrounded by trees and a view of the Colorado mountains

Traveling to Pagosa Springs by Road

There are many reasons to choose Pagosa Springs as your travel destination, and one of them is the scenic drive you can take to get there. Depending on which airport you fly into, you’ll be able to see some of the most beautiful views in southwest Colorado. If you’re coming from the East, you’ll travel over Wolf Creek Pass, known for its sharp curves and stunning overlooks of the San Juans. And if you’re arriving from the West, you’ll pass by Chimney Rock National Park with archaeological ruins and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountain ranges.

Lookout for Wildlife.

No matter which direction you’re coming from, expect to see plenty of wildlife along your journey. Deer, elk, and black bears are common sights in the area, so please be sure to drive cautiously and keep an eye out for animals alongside the highway.

Driving in the dark? Deer are most active during the twilight hours of dusk and dawn.

Know the Law.

If you plan to visit Pagosa Springs between November and April, it’s important to be prepared for winter driving. When roads are icy, wet, or snowy, make sure your car is equipped with the proper tires and traction devices as needed. Depending on your route, you may also need snow chains for extra grip in deep snow and extreme conditions.

The state of Colorado has several chain and traction codes in place to ensure the safety of drivers on icy or snow-packed roads. Make sure you know what is required for the type of vehicle you’re driving and be aware of the road conditions along your route.

Be Over-prepared.

When it comes to winter travel in Colorado, don’t pack lightly- it’s better safe than sorry. Make sure you have an emergency kit in your car that includes items like:

☐ First aid kit
☐ Blankets
☐ Food and water
☐ Flashlight
☐ Shovel
☐ Chains or traction device appropriate for your vehicle

Aerial view of the hot spring pools at The Springs Resort

Safe Travels!

We know winter driving can be intimidating and we want to ensure that you are comfortable, safe, and prepared before venturing out on your trip.  We hope this guide has been helpful in preparing your trip to The Springs Resort in Pagosa Springs. We look forward to welcoming you and ensuring you have an unforgettable experience!

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Day Soaking is available 7 days a week.
All passes include soaking from 9 am-9:30 pm.

General Admission Pass

  • 20 pools
  • Includes Blue Lagoon family pool
  • Single entry pass

Relaxation Terrace Pass

  • 25 Pools
  • Includes 5 exclusive adult-only pools
  • Includes locker and towel
  • Limited availability, must be purchased online

Family Cabana Reservations

  • Full-Day or Half-Day
  • Located next to Blue Lagoon pool
  • Soaking passes not included

Local discounted passes are available for residents within a 60 mile radius with state-issued identification.

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