Back in July my friend Dia and I spent a long weekend at Pagosa Springs, Colorado. I had never been there before, so I was really looking forward to a long, relaxing weekend hiking and soaking in the hot springs.
On our way we stopped in for lunch at the Purple Adobe Lavender Farm in Abiquiu, New Mexico. (Pronounced Ab-eh-Q) It was a beautiful place to stroll and the lunch was delicious.
We also enjoyed shopping in the little store.
As we drove down the road, we decided to pop in and check out the famous Ghost Ranch. When people hear Ghost Ranch they usually think of the artist Georgia O’Keefe who loved to paint the beauty of the desert here. We didn’t spend long, but I did take some time to take a few photos.
As we neared Chama, New Mexico, we passed an Osprey nest. Of course, I had to turn around to get a photo. 🙂
While I was photographing the female on the nest, the male showed up with lunch.
We stayed at the beautiful Springs Spa and Resort. They have 25 different soaking pools that vary in temperatures from 96 degrees to as hot as 111 degrees. HOT! The hottest pool was called the Lobster Pot. I couldn’t get more than my foot in before I was yelping in pain!
After checking in we decided to go have lunch and let Scarlett run around a bit. Of course, she was thrilled to play in the river.
We ate at a restaurant across the river that had a great view of the resort. We couldn’t wait to get in those pools!
Of course, we had ourselves a giant margarita at lunch to kick off the relaxing weekend.
One of the things I really wanted to do while staying at the resort was take night photos. I don’t get many opportunities to do night photography, so this was a real treat to have a unique setting.
I first photographed the resort’s hotel. Such a beautiful place.
While photographing the hotel, a pair of girls were playing the outdoor chess game. I was thrilled they consented to let me take their photo. I think it came out nice.
From there we toured the pools. The first pool we came to overlooked the resort. I liked that there were some people relaxing the in pool. I think they added interest to the view.
Here’s some other shots I got touring the pools.
I took a few shots from the bridge across the river and from the other side of the river. Beautiful with the reflections in the water.
The next day we went on a couple of short hikes. I really wanted to see the waterfalls in the area. I never seem to tire of photographing water.
Our first hike was to Treasure Falls. It’s not a very long hike, but really beautiful. Of course, where there’s water, there is always wildlife.
This year the southwest had experienced a pretty severe draught at the beginning of the summer. Because of this, the waterfalls were pretty thin. But I think they were still beautiful.
My favorite shot of the entire trip was taken at this waterfall. I hiked all the way to the base of the falls to discover a tranquil pool.
To my delight, I spotted an American Dipper. It’s always a real treat to see one of these birds. I love how they dip and bob along the water’s edge and dive into the pools looking for food.
The other hike we did was to Silver Falls. Dia was my co-pilot and was responsible for finding the trailhead. She led me on a one-hour 4WD goose chase!!! DIA!!!!! I was so busy stressing over the drive, I didn’t take any photos! LOL!
We finally realized we had driven past the falls. We turned around and found the trailhead. This was also a short hike, but very steep! We followed Silver Creek the entire way. There were small waterfalls along the trail.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when we got to the main waterfall. All I can say is WOW! It was spectacular! I think it was about 5 stories tall! The sounds of the falls was almost deafening. I can only imagine what they would look like if it hadn’t been a drought year. Dia and I spent quite some time here enjoying the view and taking a few photos.
Dia took a picture of me at the falls. I look terrible after a stressful Jeep drive! LOL! My headband says “Jeep Hair, Don’t Care!” 🙂
We spent the rest of the afternoon and the next morning soaking in the pools. It was sooooooo relaxing. We spent some time shopping the great shops on main street before we left town. We found lots of goodies!
On the way out of town I spotted a Black-Billed Magpie. I wish we had these birds closer to home.
When we drove through Chama we spotted a little foal in a pasture along the highway. We just had to stop and say hi.
The drought was about to be over on this trip. The monsoons started in earnest on our drive home. I stopped to take a photo of the storms over Abiquiu Lake. Monsoons in the desert can be very dramatic!
All the rain made the Rio Grande turn red.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my lovely weekend at Pagosa Springs! I’m so ready to go back!
16 thoughts on “Weekend at Pagosa Springs”
What a wonderful weekend Kelly! So many beautiful photos and memories. Some very uniquely interesting places. Love your waterfall shots captured so well. Lavender farms are always a delight to visit, and that country hospitality looks great. You managed a few birds also which just tops off a wonderful post. Enjoy the rest of your week.
Thank you Ashley! We had loads of fun. I’m so glad I went ahead and brought my birding lens!
The photos in this post are fantastic! The resort is one I’d definitely love to see. Thanks for sharing this. ❤️😎👍🏻
Thank you so much John! I highly recommend a visit!
Beautiful – Beautiful – Beautiful!!! I would love to hang out at that tranquil pool. And the horses…lovely!
Thank you so much Kathy!
The reflections in the pools at night are amazing. Such a beautiful location you visited. And it seems you had a lot of fun. 🙂
Thank you Fotohabitate! We had a blast!
Wow, what a weekend, full of fun and gorgeous captures!
Thank you Donna! 😁
Well lets Go:)
Name the date!!! Theres more waterfalls to explore!!
What a beautiful trip! Loved the views, the critters including my favorite bird, the night photography (!) and your giant margarita 🙂
Thank you Tiny! It was fun!
Take some more photos. They are wonderful and I know you enjoy the journey! Love ya! Michael
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