Hey everyone...this is a last-minute plea for help in planning for a trip to Pagosa Springs. I will be in Pagosa Springs from late Saturday, May 21 until early Saturday, May 28. I will have 6 full days during which to hike around the area and drive/visit other places. Usually I spend months planning for my family's western trips, but I have not had the opportunity to plan at all this time around. We would mostly like to spend our time hiking (generally 5-12 miles roundtrip, with perhaps one ~15 mile day) and love higher elevation, lake, and waterfall hikes. I understand that this time of year is very tricky weatherwise, and many high elevation hikes will not be possible. Given this information, can you help provide some hiking recommendations/itinerary suggestions?
I figure we will spend one day driving to Mesa Verde National Park and checking out other Native American things in the area. I also figure we will spend one day driving to Great Sand Dunes National Park and checking out the area. We may also like to spend a day driving to Telluride or perhaps driving part of the Million Dollar Highway (driven it before from Ouray to Silverton but never between Durango and Silverton).
Some hikes I have heard that are good in the area include Fourmile Falls, Opal Lake, Piedra Falls, Piedra River Trail, Treasure Falls, Quartz Lake, Cimarrona Trail, CDT from Lobo Overlook, Crater Lake, Animas City Mountain, Animas Overlook, Spud Lake, Lost Lake, Lake Eileen, Geyser Springs, and Priest Gulch. Can you provide any recommendations/advise on these? Would Crater Lake be even close to hikeable this time of year? Crater Lake does look beautiful from what I've seen.
Thanks for any recommendations!