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Photos that Will Make You Fall in Love with Pagosa Springs Waterfalls

Jun 5

With summer in full swing, what could be better than escaping the heat for a day trip to explore some of Colorado's most beautiful waterfalls? Pagosa Springs is home to several stunning waterfalls, and we've put together a list of our favorites so that you can make the most of your visit. Whether you're an experienced outdoorsman or this is your first time hiking in Colorado, we promise you won't be disappointed by these amazing falls!


Treasure Falls

Located in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, Treasure Falls is a beautiful 100' waterfall that is said to get its name from a buried chest of gold. According to legend, a group of Frenchmen were being pursued by Spaniards or Native Americans and, just before their capture, they buried the chest. The chest has never been found and the falls remain an enchanting place to visit. Travelers can enjoy the view from the highway or take a short 1/4 mile hike to the Misty Deck where they feel the spray from the falls. With its stunning views and fascinating history, Treasure Falls is definitely a treasure worth visiting! Be sure to bring your camera, as this is a truly photogenic spot!


Piedra Falls 

Impressive and easily accessible, Piedra Falls is a must-see for anyone visiting the Pagosa area. The hike to the falls is short and easy, making it a great option for families with children of all ages. The falls themselves are stunning, tumbling down volcanic cliffs into a pool of water below. Piedra Falls is a popular destination for both locals and tourists and is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. 

Fourmile Falls 

Fourmile Falls is a moderate hike located north of Pagosa Springs. The hike itself is around 8 miles round trip and features a double waterfall, as well as breathtaking views of Eagle Mountain and Pagosa Peak. The falls are beautiful and the scenery getting there is truly stunning. However, the hike does include a decent amount of uphill hiking, so be sure to plan accordingly. 


Siver Falls 

Nestled in the mountains East of town, Silver Falls is one of the area's best-kept secrets. A short hike up East Fork Road leads to a stunning waterfall, tumbling down a rocky cliff. However, reaching Silver Falls can be a bit of an adventure. The parking area is located about 19 miles from Pagosa Springs, and the last 8 miles of the journey are on a dirt road. This road can be quite bumpy, and it crosses several creeks which can rise and cover the road during spring snowmelt. As a result, it's best to make the trip in a high-clearance vehicle such as a truck or SUV. Once you reach the parking area, you'll find an old guard station marking the spot. From there, it's just a short hike to the falls. 


Photos courtesy of Nicoll Davis, a Pagosa Springs local. You can check out more of her Pagosa Springs hiking guides here