PAGOSA SPRINGS COLORADO
Countless centuries ago, the inhabitants of the Four Corners
area of southern Colorado discovered a mineral-rich hot springs
on the banks of the San Juan River. During the 1870's a U.S.
government fort, Fort Lewis, was established near the site
of the springs, and shortly thereafter, a town called Pagosa
Springs began growing up along the banks of the San Juan River.
The modern resort town of Pagosa Springs is nestled in a
wide mountain valley, surrounded by pine-covered hills, rolling
grassy meadows, and blue mountain lakes, and bordered on two
sides by the dramatic peaks of the San Juan Mountains. Pagosa
Springs offers a mountain paradise to visitors and residents
Today, Archuleta County, with Pagosa Springs as its county
seat, is one of the fastest-growing counties in the U.S. and
one of the major tourism and recreation centers of the Four
Corners area. Among the area's main attractions are a 27-hole
championship golf course, a ski area known for "the most
snow in Colorado," abundant fishing, rafting, and boating
opportunities, excellent elk and deer habitat, two museums,
a wildlife park, close proximity to noted archeological sites,
hiking trails, and much more.