Since we still couldn’t snowboard, we took a day trip to out to Pagosa to relax and soak in the healing, mineral waters.
This scenic mountain town was a neat gift to a beautiful drive from Durango to Wolf Creek. Before you realize it, you find yourself on their main street gazing ahead at a panoramic view of mountains and searching for those famous hot springs which give the town its name.
Our kids had pictured us jumping in a spring along a hiking trail, so we were all pleasantly surprised to experience a spa/resort type pool location. Once inside, the kids didn’t notice the sulphur smell as much and just enjoyed playing in the large heated pool with other kids and jumping from one hot springs pool to another, with an occasional freezing dip in the river.
We were so lucky to meet friends right off the bat. Ginger and Kurt Kool and their son were from the area, and we just connected with them from the beginning. They shared great tips for restaurants, day trips, and skiing, and we talked travel, business, and education. Before we knew it, the stars were shining brightly, and the kids were hungry for dinner, so we all went out to eat at Kips Grill for delicious tacos and more conversation.
A totally relaxing, memorable day! Can’t wait to snowboard sometime at Wolf Creek, so we can drive through Pagosa Springs again!