A Day at the Hot Springs
One of the things that we frequently recommend to guests who stay at the AppleLodge is a day at the Hot Springs in Pagosa Springs. It is only 60 miles away and takes just over an hour to get there if you don’t stop along the way. However we recommend stopping a few times because the drive and the scenery are spectacular. You take hwy 160 west through the town of South Fork and then follow the South Fork of the Rio Grande River most of the way up to the Continental Divide. You will want to go past Wolf Creek Ski Area and then pull into the parking lot where there is an informational kiosk telling all about the Divide. As you continue on down the other side pull into the overlook parking lot and get out to enjoy the beautiful view towards Pagosa. Then go down the winding 6% grade to the bottom and pull into the parking lot at Treasure Falls. There are restrooms and hiking trails up to the falls. Then continue on into Pagosa. As you enter the quaint friendly town you will pass several shops worth stopping at and a Malt Shop on the right with great ice cream and malts/shakes. A little further into town you will come to an intersection with signs pointing left to the Hot Springs. Turn left and go into the visitors center on your right to get an idea of all the things to do in the area. Right next door is the parking area and entrance into the Hot Springs. The Springs Resort offers numerous hot pools to choose from. Multiple temperatures, ranging from 83 to 114 degrees F. (27-46 C.), ensure you will find the right comfort level. Every pool offers a different experience and we encourage you to try them all. Two pools are designated as Adults Only, however, there is a non mineral family-friendly swimming pool, a fresh water Jacuzzi, and 16 soaking pools for the children to enjoy. Swim attire is mandatory in all resort pools. You can spend a couple of hours or the rest of the day there. Pagosa has a good variety of restaurants to offer. Right at the Hot Springs is Tequila’s, a great Mexican food restaurant that overlooks the Springs. If you travel a few miles farther west on Hwy 160 you will find a restaurant called Boss Hog on the right. It is one of our favorites for catfish, steaks, or barbecue. A day at the Hot Springs in Pagosa will leave you with memories sure to bring you back again several times.