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Trip List by Levelyn

Week in Pagosa Springs

Aug 29, 2006  Recent vacation
3.5 of 5 stars based on 5 votes

Places to eat, stay and see

  • 1. Kip's Grill and Cantina

    Great food and atmosphere. The patio was a great place to sit in August and people watch. The food was very good. The Elk burgers were great. The bar inside looked like a great place to hang out and drink beer. Located east of the vistor center on Hwy 160.

  • 2. Chimney Rock
    Chimney Rock, Colorado

    Only about 30-45 minute drive from Pagosa Springs. Go to this park before Mesa Verde. This Park has tour guides that are all volunteers. They love this place, so they know a lot about the history. These tour guides will give you alot of information that is helpful at Mesa Verde if you don't pay for a guide. This was $8.00 per person and elderly people and people scared of heights will not want to do the whole tour, but even half of the tour was well worth the money.

  • 3. Mesa Verde National Park
    Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

    About a 3 hour drive from Pagosa Springs, but well worth the trip. Price is only $10.00 a car. There was a lot to see along the loop road. The Spruce Tree House was very interesting. To see the other dwellings you have to pay for a tour guide and some are difficult to get to. If traveling with elderly people that have balance problems, I would not suggest paying for the tour guides.

  • 4. Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum
    Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, Durango, Colorado

    We had reservations on the Silver Vista car and it was wonderful. Make sure you have glasses or sunglasses because the coal ash does come in the car and can get in your eyes. We went in August and it was wonderful. Jami was our hostess that day and was very attentive. You get a lot for your money. On the cooler days it would be worth it to ride in the palor cars, if you can get a reservation. We rode the train to Silverton (3.5 hours) and rode the motor coach back. The only problem was there was not enough time to shop in Silverton. By the time we had lunch, we had to be at the bus. We took the 9:00 train up and 2:00 bus back. Our bus driver was very informative on the way back to Durango. The first frost in Silverton was on August 20th. They only had 16 frost free days this year.

  • 5. Fairfield Pagosa Resort
    Wyndham Pagosa, Pagosa Springs, Colorado

    We had a 3 bedroom condo at Teal Landing. The view from the balcony was wonderful. You should ask for a condo on the lake. The other condos only have views of the parking lots.

  • 6. Great Sand Dunes National Monument

    We stopped by this park on the way back to Denver. Amazing. Well worth the $3.00 per person.

  • 7. Hot Air Balloon

    We booked the Hot Air Balloon ride through Fairfield Pagosa. Wonderful. Worth every penny.

  • 8. Dionigi's Italian Grill

    Wonderful food. Husband and wife own this great place. Husband is a chef from New York. The chicken scallopini was wonderful. All the dishes were plentiful and very good. We would have gone back if it had not been our last night in Pagosa Springs.