Pagosa Springs, CO. Just in case you haven’t been to this popular ski resort in the summer, I’m here to tell you all about how fun it is, what there is to do, and all about our summer day trip to Pagosa Springs Colorado.
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 in the summer
When we first got to town, we drove up to what Valeria thought was the restaurant she had heard was a great place to eat, but it wasn’t the one. Evidently, there’s more than one Thia restaurant in town.
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 for the public to enjoy. There’s also a table Jenga game, and a Limbo game to play – all for free. This area is located across the street from the Visiting Center. Check out Parker showing the kids how to play chess in this video.
Lunch at Thai Pagosa
We finally found the Thai restaurant that was recommended to us (Thai Pagosa), and we had a wonderful lunch. So glad the kids didn’t mind. They 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 San Juan River. You can rent an inner tube down the river alone or ride in a raft with other passengers and have your guide. I believe you can even bring your own tube. Though we didn’t ride the river this time, we did spend pretty much all day at the natural hot springs, which is a trendy thing to also 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 can affect certain activities.
This kid sure knows how to have fun.
Playing in the mud is very popular here. The kids were not the only ones digging in the ground and putting mud all over their bodies.
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 were there without children. I guess all like lion King!
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!
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