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Adventures for Solo Travelers: Guide to Pagosa Springs

From rejuvenating hot springs to downtown shopping excursions, a variety of adventures for solo travelers await in Pagosa Springs. You’ll find an abundance of attractions in our south west mountain town whether you prefer a day on the river or a thrilling local festival. Stay with us at our award-winning hotel in Pagosa Springs to explore the scenic beauty and charming community perfectly suited to your trip for one.

adventures for solo travelers: Rafting in Colorado

Soak in the Hot Springs 

A trip to Pagosa Springs isn’t complete with a soothing dip in the natural hot springs. Rejuvenating mineral pools can be found in abundance throughout the Pagosa Springs area ranging from all-natural, isolated hideaways to luxurious spas. Embark on a peaceful hike to the Rainbow Hot Springs in the San Juan National Forest or book a day visit to a hot spring resort like The Springs Resort. You’ll enjoy a peaceful moment alone no matter where you choose to soak. We love to take a book, and just chill out for the day. Nothing is more relaxing that the sounds of the river while soaking in a pool. As an alternative to the resort pools, there are spots along the river you can also soak. Just look for groups of people in the water and you will probably find they are sitting in a natural hot spring.

Hike in the San Juan National Forest 

Embark on a solo excursion through the vast San Juan National Forest surrounding Pagosa Springs. An expanse of both short and long, easy and challenging trails wind through the picturesque forest perfect for an afternoon enveloped in nature. Choose from numerous trails based on your skill level from easier hikes like the 2.3-mile Opal Lake Trail or the longer 7 mile Fourmile Falls Trail culminating in a stunning view of a 300-foot waterfall. You’ll be able to choose from a wide array of scenic vistas no matter which trail you choose through the forest. Let the innkeeper know where you are heading out and when you expect to be back as a solo hiker, it's always wise to let someone know your plans and estimated return, just in case of an emergency and make sure your cell phone is fully charged. 

Go Whitewater Rafting on the San Juan River 

Experience the thrill of paddling on the white waters of the San Juan River with a rafting trip. Most trips are booked per person, so you can sign up solo and join a larger group on a rafting excursion. Ask at the front desk about reputable Whitewater rafting companies in the area and join one of the well-reviewed outfitters. They will provide you with the necessary equipment, safety briefings, and an experienced guide to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. As a solo rafter, staying with the group is essential. Let the guides and other group members know you’re rafting alone. They can keep an extra eye out for you and provide additional support if needed.

Select a trip that is within your limits and experience. There are a number of different options when it comes to whitewater rafting. If you're a beginner, stick to Class I or II rapids. More experienced rafters might enjoy Class III or IV, but always prioritize safety. 

White water rafting is an exhilarating adventure. Embrace the thrill, enjoy the scenery, and make the most of your solo journey on the river. 

Explore Downtown Pagosa Springs 

For a casual, low-key day out, take a walk through downtown Pagosa Springs. The main street is about a 20-minute walk from the inn and is a pleasant stroll if you take the Riverwalk path. The path winds along the river, away from the road and traffic and there are a number of places with benches where you can stop and rest and enjoy the scenery and the sounds.

You’ll find several quaint galleries filled with unique artwork and one-of-a-kind souvenirs or stylish boutique clothing. Antique stores are also found in abundance downtown, so if you love to look for a unique gift or find then you can lose time sifting through aged treasures.  

Stop by the bakery, Pagosa Baking Company, and enjoy a refreshment on their outdoor patio. They bake pastries daily and offer a selection of sandwiches and lunch options with an emphasis on locally sourced organic ingredients. If you find something you love, check out their website as they have a few recipes to try at home, including their scrumptious Shortbread. It will become a regular stop on your stay with us. 

Horseback Riding in the Mountains 

Visiting Pagosa Springs as a solo traveler offers a serene escape, especially when you embark on a horseback riding adventure. Choose a reputable stable, such as Majestic Outfitters that offers guided rides through the stunning San Juan National Forest. Prioritize safety by wearing appropriate gear and following the guide's instructions. Their experienced guides will pack all your equipment, outfit the horses, and map out your trip so you’ll have a relaxing and worry-free ride through the beautiful surroundings of Pagosa Springs. 

Engage with your guide and fellow riders, as this can enhance your experience and provide valuable local insights. Take your time to absorb the breathtaking scenery, from lush meadows to majestic mountain views. After your ride, unwind in the natural hot springs, making the most of your solo retreat in this picturesque destination. 

Experience World-Class Fly Fishing 

Book a session with an experienced local guide who can teach you the art of casting and help you find the best fishing spots. A couple of guides we suggest are in the area are Piedra River Anglers or High Country Fishing Charters. Make sure to dress appropriately, with sun protection and comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing such as moisture-wicking base layers, and a mid-layer for warmth, such as a fleece, and a waterproof layer to protect against the rain and wine. Rivers can be known for their bugs, so a little bug repellant can make the trip more enjoyable. 

Engage with your instructor to learn not only techniques but also the unique aspects of the local ecosystem. Enjoy the peaceful solitude of the rivers and lakes, where you can fully immerse yourself in nature. After a rewarding day, relax and reflect on your experience in our riverside gazebo while enjoying the stunning surroundings of Pagosa Springs. 

You can opt for a full day, half day or a three quarters day depending on your time in the area. The outfitters will supply you with all the flies, rods, and waders or wading shoes. Finally, you will need to purchase a Colorado fishing license for the day. 

adventures for solo travelers: woman smiling at cameras while riding her horse

Come for the Music & Events 

Pagosa Springs offers a variety of fun local events perfect for solo travelers looking to immerse themselves in the community. Throughout the year, you can enjoy everything from music festivals to art tours and seasonal celebrations, providing ample opportunities to mingle with locals and experience the best of Pagosa Springs. 

In the summer, don't miss the Four Corners Folk Festival from August 30 to September 1. This event features unique crafting workshops, numerous food vendors, and an impressive lineup of local musicians. Bring a blanket and relax on the lawn while enjoying the outdoor folk music performances. 

During September, explore the Pagosa Springs Area Studio Tour, where you can visit local artists' studios, see their creative processes, and even purchase unique artworks. It's a great way to connect with the artistic community and discover hidden gems. 

In early September, the Archuleta County Fair offers a taste of local culture with livestock shows, rodeo events, craft exhibits, and delicious fair food. It's an ideal spot to experience the rural charm and friendly atmosphere of Pagosa Springs. 

In the fall, Colorfest in late September is a must-see, featuring a hot air balloon ascension, live music, and a wine and beer tasting event. The vibrant colors of the balloons against the autumn foliage create a breathtaking sight, perfect for solo travelers seeking a memorable experience. 

Come November, dip your toes in warm waters at the Hot Springs Fest. This three-day event includes live music, health and wellness activities, and access to several pools across three different locations in downtown Pagosa Springs. Indulge in a sound bath, outdoor yoga, a gratitude ceremony, and more at this wellness event. 

Pagosa Springs is a solo traveler’s delight, with plenty of welcoming destinations, entertaining festivals and outdoor opportunities. Embark on your solo traveling journey and explore the charm of our southwestern Colorado town. Book early for festival dates as we sell out fast.  


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