Vacation Attractions in Archuleta County

Red Ryder Roundup

There is no question about it, the Red Ryder roundup is "The Event" in Pagosa Springs - and the oldest community event of the summer. The town is packed, fun is in the air, and there is plenty of activity for everyone in the family.

The rodeo is named after the famous comic strip character, Red Ryder - the creation of noted western artist Fred Harman. A native of Pagosa Country, Harman used his experiences as a working cowboy as the basis for his paintings. Though he had no formal training as an artist, Harman's oil paintings are known and valued worldwide. Harman was an avid supporter of the Red Ryder Roundup from its inception, and his influence carries on to make the rodeo and other events a success.

The rodeo takes place at the Red Ryder Roundup Arena, where covered bleachers and grandstand provide a shaded setting for spectators to cheer the action and enjoy the matchless panoramic view of the San Juan Mountain range to the east and north.

This year's rodeo will feature bareback and saddle bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping, dogging, team roping and "Scrambled Egg" team roping, girls' breakaway roping, barrel racing and kids' barrels for 14 and under. Stock will be provided by Buster Webb. A specialty act - "One-Armed Bandit" - will entertain Red Ryder spectators this year. A trophy saddle will be awarded to the all-around cowboy and cowgirl. All first-place winners will receive custom-made spurs in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the rodeo.

Located at US 84 and Mill Creek Road just south of the "Y", East of Pagosa Springs.

Fred Harman Art Museum

Fred Harman, a native of Pagosa Springs, created the comic strip character "Red Ryder" and his sidekick "Little Beaver", which sold to one of the country's largest syndicates and was seen by 45 million devoted followers in over 750 newspapers on 3 continents. Red Ryder films appeared in more than 8,000 theatres, with books and comic magazines selling by the millions.

With the success of Red Ryder, Harman dreamed of "riding a new trail" and began to devote his time and talent to capturing his experiences in the authentic true West on canvas in oils. Harman's paintings reveal with photographic fidelity his knowledge and appreciation of the colorful land in which he lived. In 1969 he was honored at the Cowboy Hall of Fame.

The Fred Harman Art Museum is open daily, located 2 miles West on US 160 in Pagosa Springs.
(970) 731-5785

Chimney Rock National Monument

The two towering rocks mark the location of a ancient community of Ancestral Pueblan People and provide a glimpse into the deep, and largely unknown, history. The Chimney Rock National Monument is located 15 miles west of Pagosa Springs, off of Hwy 151. Guided tours of Anasazi Indian ruins are available May 15th to September 30th.

World’s Deepest Hot Springs

Experience the amazing Hot Springs in Pagosa Springs!

With over 30 pools at three downtown facilities, there's plenty of soaking options for everyone. Ranging from small pools of varying temperatures, to swimming pools for the kids or rooftop tubs overlooking the Continental Divide, the Hot Springs facilities in Pagosa have something for the entire family.

Overlook Mineral Springs & Spa
432 Pagosa Street
(970) 264-4040

Healing Waters Resort & Spa
317 Hot Springs Blvd.
(970) 264-5910 or (800) 832-5523

The Springs Resort & Spa
165 Hot Springs Blvd.
(970) 264-4168 or (800) 225-0934

Ski Areas

Wolf Creek Ski Area

Wolf Creek Ski Area is home to the most snow in Colorado, with over 465 inches on average each year. Wolf Creek is a family-friendly area, with seven lifts servicing incredibly beautiful terrain, epic powder and amazing views of the Continental Divide. Located only 20 miles from Pagosa Springs, so visitors can ski all day and soak all night. Visit www.wolfcreekski.com or call (970) 264-5629 for more information. Call (800)-SKI-WOLF for the Snow Report

Navajo State Park

Navajo State Park

Navajo State Park, located 30 miles from Pagosa Springs, is Colorado's answer to Lake Powell, with 15,000 acres of water surface that extends 20 miles into New Mexico. Boating, jetskiing and kayaking options are endless, with many coves to explore. A variety of boat rentals are available at the Marina.

(970) 883-2208

Plan Your Vacation to Witness Nature’s Special Events

Pagosa Springs is beautiful any time of the year, with each season highlighting different sides of the ever-changing mountains. Surrounded by over 3 million acres of national forest and wilderness areas, Pagosa Springs offers endless trails to explore. Typically, just venturing outside will provide views into Nature's Special Events.
 
  • Downhill Skiing and over 50 miles of groomed cross country trails
  • Trails begin opening for summer use in late April / early May
  • Wildflowers in an amazing array - a variety of colors all summer, with July being their peak in the high country
  • Fall colors generally peak in the mountains in mid or late September, working their way down the slopes until late October