The Complete Guide to Visiting The Springs Resort & Spa in Pagosa Springs, Colorado

The Springs Resort & Spa in Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Get ready to immerse yourself in the ultimate relaxation and adventure combo at The Springs Resort & Spa in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Nestled amidst the stunning San Juan Mountains, this resort is more than just a place to unwind; it's a gateway to exhilarating outdoor activities and breathtaking natural beauty. Whether you're a thrill-seeker, a nature lover, or someone looking to soothe your soul in the healing geothermal waters, The Springs Resort & Spa has something special for everyone. Join us as we dive into exploring all the fun, tranquility, and unforgettable experiences that await in one of Colorado's best small towns: Pagosa Springs!

Chris lounging in a robe by the San Juan River at The Springs Resort & Spa in Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Chris lounging in a robe by the San Juan River at The Springs Resort & Spa in Pagosa Springs, Colorado

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Neon sign reading "The Springs" for The Springs Resort & Spa in Pagosa Springs, Colorado
The Springs Resort & Spa

What is Pagosa Hot Springs?

Pagosa Hot Springs is a breathtaking natural wonder nestled in the heart of Colorado. It's not just any hot spring—it's the world's deepest geothermal hot spring, according to the Guinness World Records. What makes Pagosa truly special is its unmatched blend of natural beauty and therapeutic benefits. Imagine soaking in soothing, mineral-rich waters while being surrounded by the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountains. This is a place where adventure meets relaxation, where every dip offers a chance to unwind and reconnect with nature. It's a haven for those seeking both an adrenaline rush and a peaceful retreat.

Where is Pagosa Springs?

Nestled in Southwest Colorado, Pagosa Springs is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. This enchanting town is conveniently situated just a stone's throw away from the San Juan National Forest, making it the perfect base camp for adventurers and nature lovers alike. Whether you're driving from nearby cities or flying into the Durango-La Plata County Airport, getting here is part of the adventure. Winding roads surrounded by breathtaking landscapes reveal another slice of Colorado's pristine wilderness.

Denver to Pagosa Springs, Colorado: 277 mi | 4 hr 55 min | Google Maps

Colorado Springs to Pagosa Springs, Colorado: 254 mi | 4 hr 28 min | Google Maps

Durango to Pagosa Springs, Colorado: 277 mi | 5 hr 5 min | Google Maps

Albuquerque, New Mexico to Pagosa Springs, Colorado: 216 mi | 3 hr 35 min | Google Maps

Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs, Colorado: 94 mi | 1 hr 42 min | Google Maps

The Springs Resort & Spa on a Friday evening in February
The Springs Resort & Spa on a Friday evening in February
The Relaxation Terrace for adults only at The Springs Resort & Spa

What is The Springs Resort & Spa?

The Springs Resort & Spa is your gateway to unparalleled relaxation and rejuvenation. As a guest of the hotel, you will receive 24/7 access to the on-site hot springs that are only open to the public from 9:00 AM - 9:30 PM each day. The hotel offers an on-site spa for guests to indulge in other relaxation techniques in addition to unlimited soaking in the springs. The hotel is comfortable and the proximity to downtown Pagosa Springs make it the best place to stay in town. Visitors can choose to embrace 24/7 relaxation or mix the calming space of the springs with enjoying the restaurants, shops, and trails nearby.

Address: 323 Hot Springs Blvd, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 | Google Maps

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Are children allowed at The Springs Resort & Spa?

Absolutely! The Springs Resort & Spa warmly welcomes families and children of all ages. It's a fantastic destination for creating unforgettable memories together, where kids can splash in the warm waters and explore the wonders of nature. The resort believes in providing a relaxing experience for everyone, making it an ideal place for family getaways where both parents and children can unwind and have fun.

Sara enjoying one of the 20 pools available to swim in at The Springs in Pagosa Springs
Sara enjoying one of the 20 pools available to swim in at The Springs in Pagosa Springs

Are dogs allowed at The Springs Resort & Spa?

Absolutely! Your furry friends are more than welcome at The Springs Resort & Spa. The resort understands that pets are part of the family and strives to make your stay as comfortable as possible for everyone. There are specific pet-friendly accommodations and areas, ensuring that your adventure in Pagosa Springs is memorable for both you and your pet. Do note that pets are under no circumstances allowed in or near the hot springs pools.

Tickets to The Springs Resort & Spa in Pagosa Springs

General admission pass

The Springs offers a general admission option for day guests. The general admission option is the most basic option and essentially only grants guests one admission into the hot springs plus use of the locker rooms and showers. While guests are only granted one admission with the this pass, guests are welcome to stay and enjoy the 20 mineral hot springs pools as long as they want during general open hours (9:00 AM - 9:30 PM).  Robes and lockers are available for an additional fee, but if you want/need a robe and/or locker we'd recommend going ahead and booking the Relaxation Terrace Package (see below).

Adults: $67

Children: $35

Local soaker (with valid photo ID): $27

Non-soaker: $20

*Seniors: $3 off, Military and first responders: $5 off

Looking at The Springs Resort & Spa from the adults only Relaxation Terrace

Relaxation terrace package

When we visited The Springs Resort & Spa we opted to splurge for the relaxation terrace package so we could get the most of our one day experience in the hot springs. While this ticket is double in cost than that of the general admission pass, the relaxation terrace package offers a few perks that sold us: re-entry into the hot springs, use of the five exclusive adult only pools on the Relaxation Terrace, plus a robe and locker included in the cost.

The selling point for us was the re-entry option. Since we travel with our dog we knew we'd either only be able to stay for a few hours in the hot springs or we'd need re-entry to check in on him. While the re-entry was what we were after, we ended up most enjoying the five exclusive adult only pools. These pools were much quieter than the 20 general admission pools which gave us a more relaxed experience.

Adults: $135

Children: Only ages 18 and older are allowed to book this package

*Seniors: $3 off, Military and first responders: $5 off

Chris lounging by the fire in the adults only Relaxation Terrace
Chris lounging by the fire in the adults only Relaxation Terrace
Evening at The Springs Resort & Spa in Pagosa Springs, Colorado during a full moon
Evening at The Springs Resort & Spa in Pagosa Springs, Colorado during a full moon

Family cabana

For guests who wish to have a private, dedicated space to themselves while visiting The Springs Resort & Spa, cabanas are available to rent for a half day or full day. These covered cabanas feature a table and four chairs, mini-fridge and shelves, fan, lights, sunscreen our water bottles, four towels, and two lockers. Keep in mind that the cabana rental fee does not include entry into the hot springs. Guests who wish to book a cabana must also purchase general admission or the relaxation terrace package for each guest in the group.

Half day rental: $175 for day guests, $150 for hotel guests

Full day rental: $250 for day guests, $225 for hotel guests

Hotel and spa guest

Guests who are staying at the The Springs Resort & Spa will receive 24/7 access to the 20 hot springs pools. Guests who book a spa appointment at the on-site spa will receive general admission with their spa appointment.

Personally, we think booking a hotel stay and/or a spa appointment is the way to go! If we had had longer in Pagosa Springs we'd 100% have waited for massage availability to open up to get the most bang for our buck! The hotel rooms look lovely, but we were camping in our truck camper so we didn't need accommodations on this trip. It's worth mentioning for those who will need somewhere to stay though!

Sara enjoying one of the 20 pools at Pagosa Springs's The Springs Resort & Spa right next to the San Juan River
Sara enjoying one of the 20 pools at Pagosa Springs's The Springs Resort & Spa right next to the San Juan River
People soaking in the hot springs on a Friday night in Colorado
People soaking in the hot springs on a Friday night in Colorado

What our experience was like at The Springs Resort & Spa

We had a chance to visit The Springs Resort & Spa on a Friday in February 2024 and had an absolutely wonderful time! When we arrived in Pagosa Springs we had just spent the last few days driving our truck camper from Tennessee to Colorado and by the time we reached the hot springs we were stiff and sore and desperately needed to relax and refresh.

We decided to purchase the Relaxation Terrace Package which gave us in and out privileges to the springs for the day. For us that looked like relaxing in the hot springs then leaving for a meal and walk the dog, then return to the springs in the evening for the perfect end-of-day wind down.

Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our time at The Springs! The facilities were wonderful, the staff attentive and friendly, and overall we felt we got our money's worth with the ability to come and go as we so pleased. I will say that we were really glad we had access to the five pools that were for adults only. Far fewer people purchased these VIP tickets instead of the general admission and it was nice to be able to tuck away in a quieter pool with far fewer people.

We were rpleasently surprised by how light the crowds were during the day since Pagosa Springs is a ski town and it was a beautiful Colorado weekend. During the day the crowds were light but then the springs filled up as the evening went on and people flocked to town for a weekend full of skiing and soaking. As a whole the crowds were very manageable and we could always find a pool with a temp to our liking to soak in.

The San Juan River running next to The Springs Resort & Spa in Colorado
The San Juan River running next to The Springs Resort & Spa in Colorado
Chris enjoying one of the five adult only pools in the Relaxation Terrace
Chris enjoying one of the five adult only pools in the Relaxation Terrace which we had entirely to ourselves!

Other things to do near Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Pagosa Springs area is packed with thrills and experiences just waiting to be discovered. From breathtaking hikes to charming local eateries, this section is your go-to guide for making the most of your visit beyond the hot springs.

Mesa Verde National Park

Just a stone's throw away from Pagosa Springs, Mesa Verde National Park offers an extraordinary adventure for history buffs and nature enthusiasts alike. Explore ancient cliff dwellings, where the Ancestral Puebloans once thrived, tucked away in the heart of gorgeous canyons. This UNESCO World Heritage site not only boasts incredible archaeological sites but also provides breathtaking panoramic views. Whether you're hiking the scenic trails, joining a ranger-led tour to uncover the mysteries of the past, or simply soaking in the awe-inspiring landscapes, Mesa Verde is an unforgettable addition to your Pagosa Springs adventure that you absolutely must experience when you're in the area.

Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs, CO: 94 mi | 1 hr 42 min | Google Maps

Go for a hike

Lace up your hiking boots and prepare for an adventure in the San Juan National Forest, just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Pagosa Springs. This expansive forest offers trails for every kind of adventurer, whether you're seeking a leisurely stroll amidst the aspens or a challenging trek up to breathtaking mountain vistas. The smell of pine in the air and the sound of rustling leaves underfoot will invigorate your senses as you explore the diverse ecosystems and possibly even spot some wildlife along the way. Every trail promises its own unique magic, making San Juan National Forest a must-visit for anyone craving a dose of nature's finest adventures.

Visit charming Durango, Colorado

Nestled in the heart of Colorado's majestic landscapes, Durango stands as a beacon for those drawn to the irresistible charm of the Old West mixed with a vibrant contemporary scene. This dynamic town lures adventurers and culture enthusiasts alike with its historic narrow-gauge railway, exhilarating outdoor activities, and bustling local breweries and restaurants.

Durango, CO to Pagosa Springs, CO: 60 mi | 1 hr 9 min | Google Maps

Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway

The historic Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway journey is an absolute must-do, offering a thrilling glimpse into the past coupled with staggering views of Colorado's wilderness. Feel the excitement build as the train chugs along narrow tracks, traversing rugged landscapes and cutting through vast, untamed forests. The sound of the steam whistle and the spectacular scenery along the way will leave you spellbound, making this adventure one for the books. Whether you're a history enthusiast or just looking for a unique way to experience the breathtaking beauty of Colorado, this train ride promises an unforgettable adventure.

Hit the slopes for a day of skiing or snowboarding

For those who crave the thrill of gliding down pristine, snow-covered slopes, Pagosa Springs is a winter wonderland you can't afford to miss! Just a short drive away, you'll find Wolf Creek Ski Area, known for receiving the most snow in Colorado. This skier's paradise offers a diverse array of trails that cater to both the novice and the seasoned pro. Imagine the rush of snow

Visit Great Sand Dunes National Park

At Great Sand Dunes National Park you'll encounter the tallest dunes in North America set against a backdrop of stunning mountain peaks. Feel the thrill of adventure as you climb, slide, and even surf these majestic natural wonders. It's a surreal landscape that feels more like a desert oasis rather than something you'd expect in Colorado. Whether you're here for the breathtaking views at sunrise or the fun of sandboarding, Great Sand Dunes National Park is a fun escape brimming with unique experiences that you absolutely shouldn't miss.

Bonus: Great Sand Dunes National Park is one of the most dog friendly national parks in the USA!

Great Sand Dunes National Park to Pagosa Springs, CO: 105 mi | 1 hr 57 min | Google Maps

Enjoy the San Juan River Walk

Spend a leisurely afternoon exploring the San Juan River Walk that winds through the heart of Pagosa Springs. This picturesque pathway meanders along the river, offering serene views that are sure to capture your heart. It's the perfect spot for a relaxed stroll, a peaceful picnic, or even a bit of bird watching. The gentle sound of the river, combined with the lush greenery, creates a tranquil oasis where you can easily forget the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Whether you're winding down after a day of adventure or just seeking a quiet moment in nature, the San Juan River Walk is an enchanting escape that promises to delight.

Final thoughts

A trip to The Springs Resort & Spa is the perfect no matter the time of year. If you're like us and like to pair outdoor adventure with a bit of relaxation then The Springs Resort & Spa is the place for you! It's one of Colorado's most unique small towns and definitely worth a visit.

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