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Pagosa Springs is located in the "Colorado
Sunbelt" just 35 miles north of the New Mexico border,
nestled at 7,000 feet on the Western Slope of the Continental
Divide. This combination of high desert plateau and dramatic
Rocky Mountains to the north and east creates an unusually
mild climate, compared with much of the surrounding Southwest.
We are favored with some 300 days of sun each year, as well
as four distinct, dramatic seasons...
Winter - Powdery snow, clear
sunny days and crisp cold nights are a trademark of winters
in Pagosa Springs. Our local ski resort, Wolf Creek Ski
Area, regularly receives over 450 inches of natural snowfall,
more snow that any other resort in the state. In downtown
Pagosa, however, average snowfall is only 62 inches. Downtown
streets are nearly always free of snow due to the warm daytime
temperatures, which average in the high 40's. Nighttime
temperatures can drop dramatically, but rarely go below
- The hills are alive with the first growth of the season,
and the local rivers are rushing and full, much to the delight
of river rafters and kayakers. Days are warm and clear,
the nights cool. The mountains are still snow-covered, with
spring skiing typically available until mid-April.
Summer - Warm sunny days and
pleasantly cool evenings make Pagosa Springs a real treat.
Afternoon thundershowers are a regular feature during summer,
usually lasting less than half an hour. Temperatures during
July typically range from highs in the low 80's to nighttime
temperatures in the high 50's. The growing season gets off
to a late start in Pagosa but lasts into the Fall, with
an average season of 90-95 days.
- Indian summers are a normal event in Pagosa, with summer-like
daytime temperatures lasting well into October, accompanied
by cool evenings. In the mountains, the great groves of
aspen and birch transform into their dramatic fall colors
of vibrant yellows and oranges. By November, the high mountains
have already received enough snow for Wolf Creek Ski Area