Pagosa Springs, CO – summer of 2019. Just in case you haven’t been to this popular ski resort in the summer, I’m here to tell all about how fun it is, what there is to do, and about our summer day trip to Pagosa Springs Colorado.
Our Summer Day Trip to Pagosa Springs Colorado
We were vacationing in Chama, NM a couple of weeks ago at Valeria’s and Lee’s ranch. Excited to be going back only to have been there in May for a wedding. This time, Valeria had many activities planned for us. Her grandchildren were also there visiting from Austin, TX, so she wanted to plan something for all of us to do. Besides, having a homemade pizza night, a painting with a twist night, we took a day trip to Pagosa Springs.
Pagosa Springs is about a 45-minute drive north from Chama. However, it’s about an hour drive in the dark! Lots of wildlife all around. We saw at least four deer on the way home.
What to do in Pagosa Springs Colorado in the summer
When we first got to town, we drove up to what Valeria thought was the restaurant Valeria heard was a great place to eat, but it wasn’t the one. Parker, her eldest granddaughter spotted a giant chess game across the street and wanted to go check it out. Parker, being a chess fanatic showed Brody and Kate how to play.
I didn’t mention this above, but this is a free activity, and there’s also a table Jenga game, and a Limbo game all free to play. Located across the street from the Visiting Center. Check out Parker showing the kids how to play chess.
Lunch at Thai Pagosa
We finally found the Thai restaurant that was recommended to us (Thai Pagosa) and had a wonderful lunch. So glad the kids didn’t mind. They actually loved it. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from in town, and many cuisines offered, from bbq, fast food, pizza, and nice places that require reservations. You’ll have no problem finding something to eat that will please everyone.
San Juan River
The number one favorite activity to do in Pagosa Springs in the summer is to whitewater raft in the river. You can rent an inner tube down the river alone or ride in a raft with other passengers and have your own guide. I believe you can even bring your own tube. Though we didn’t do that, we did spend pretty much all day at the natural hot springs, which is a very popular thing to do in the summer as well as in the winter months. I would call first to make sure they are operating. You never know about tourist towns and their different climates.
This kid sure knows how to have fun.
Apparently, playing in the mud is very popular here. They were not the only ones digging in the ground.
So, while we were all enjoying the hot springs, Valeria slipped out and stood in line for Lion King tickets. We watched the movie in an old theater right there in town. It was opening night and the theater was almost full. I noticed many couples there without children.
There you have it, lots to do in this summer in Pagosa Springs, CO. Did I mention fishing, kayaking and lots of walking around. Check it out! Have you been there before?
You May Also Like