Pagosa Springs features a variety of outdoor activities for the populace to enjoy along with hot springs, boutique shops, antiquing, and historic locales. Winter outdoor activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skiing and snowmobiling. Summertime activities incorporate hot air ballooning, biking, boating, camping, fishing, golf, hiking, trail riding, hunting and whitewater rafting activities. Residents can enjoy the outdoors at one of Pagosa Springs many parks, including Echo Lake State Park, Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, Treasure Falls, Williams Creek Reservoir, and the Chimney Rock Indian Ruins. Area museums include Upper San Juan Historical Museum and the Fred Harman Art Museum.
Pagosa Springs presents a vibrant live music scene to enjoy most any night of the week. Area festivals devoted to music include the Folk n' Bluegrass Festival, the Four Corners Folk Festival, and the Songwriters Festival and Symposium. Plenty of annual events inspire the active community to celebrate their hometown. Residents can check out the classic cars at the San Juan River Rod Run Car Show, visit the Rapids and Rhythms Whitewater Festival that features boats, bands and brews, or participate in the Four Corners Bike Fest. Additional events include the Wyndham Arts and Crafts Festival, the Renaissance and Pirate Festival, and the hot air balloons that color the sky during ColorFest Weekend. Residents can celebrate the 4th of July with live music, carnival, rodeos, and fireworks show or hit the Archuleta County Fair at the fairgrounds in Pagosa Springs.
Pagosa Springs offers its residents quality educational resources with low student to teacher ratios within the Archuleta Public School District. The school district serves approximately 1,700 students and includes Pagosa Elementary, Pagosa Intermediate, Pagosa Junior High, and Pagosa High School. Additionally, the Archuleta County High School provides an education opportunity for teenagers struggling with grades, attendance or discipline. There are also 7 private schools in the area and an active homeschooling community. Fort Lewis College is the nearest four-year college, located about 60 miles from Pagosa Springs in Durango.
The main fields of work in Pagosa Springs include construction, arts, recreation, accommodation, retail, education and social services. Nearly 22% of the population is self-employed, while 17% of the populace is employed by government entities. Pagosa Springs features low income taxes and a very low sales tax compared to the national average.
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