Nestled at the bottom of Wolf Creek Pass in the 3-million-acre oasis of the San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Springs is the place to go if you want to soak in an outdoor lover’s paradise—and hot springs.
Salida’s summer crowds thin when the snow starts flying. Come winter, you’ll find moderate temperatures and folks who are still skiing, riding, and soaking up the town’s burgeoning arts and restaurant scene.
Twenty years ago, Congress declared 14 miles of Colorado’s deepest canyon worthy of national park status. If you’ve stood along the edge of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park’s namesake chasm, you understand why—yet the Black is still the state’s least-visited national park. We suggest you go before that changes.