Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Pagosa Springs Business Signs

Pagosa Springs is a home rule municipality located in the southern region of the present-day state of Colorado.  Prior to settlement by citizens of the United States, this area was inhabited by the Pueblo and Plains tribal peoples.  This area was also inhabited by the Ute Native American peoples.  In fact, this is where Pagosa Spring’s name is derived from.  According to The Pagosa Daily Post, the Utes called this area’s sulfur and mineral rich springs “pah gosah,” which, roughly translated, meant “healing waters,” or perhaps, more interestingly “water (pah) that has a bad smell (gosah).”  Pagosa Springs, Colorado was officially incorporated into a town on March 18th, 1891.

Today, according to a 2010 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the town of Pagosa Springs, Colorado has a total population of 1,727 people.  This makes it the most populous city in all of Archuleta County.  While it is true that Pagosa Springs is the only incorporated municipality in Archuleta County, this also means it holds the honor of serving as Archuleta County’s county seat.

The Pagosa Daily Post is proud to boast “Pagosa [Springs, Colorado] is favored with around 300 days of sun each year, as well as four distinct seasons.”  Of course, Pagosa Springs, Colorado is most famous for its sulfur springs, which apparently include the world’s deepest geothermal host spring.  This “Mother Spring” feeds three local hot spring soaking locations in the area: The Springs Resort & Spa (which holds the distinction of being the largest of the trio), Healing Waters Resort and Spa, and Overlook Hot Springs Spa.

Much of Pagosa Springs, Colorado’s land is dominated by San Juan National Forest.  San Juan National Forest, which was established on June 3rd, 1905 by President Theodore Roosevelt himself and is still governed by the U.S. Forest Service, covers over 1,878,846 acres of the western portion of Colorado.  Obviously, not all this land is part of Pagosa Springs!  Interestingly, the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad passes through San Juan National Forest.

The wider Pagosa Springs, Colorado area also serves as the home of Wolf Creek Ski Area.  Wolf Creek Ski Area includes 77 runs with a top elevation of 11,904 ft (3,628 m).  As reported by Outside Magazine, Wolf Creek Ski Area receives “more average annual snowfall than any other resort in Colorado, at about 480 inches per year.”

Located about fifteen miles northeast of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, Treasure Falls is a dazzling waterfall sure to amaze and delight.  Treasure Falls was named Treasure Falls after a local legend positing there is a “treasure of gold on the mountain the falls plunge from.”  Visitors can observe Treasure Falls’s total height of 105 ft (32 m) from the plunge base, nicknamed “Misty Deck.”

To this day, much of Pagosa Springs, Colorado’s land is still considered officially sanctioned Southern Ute Indian Land.  However, due to Pagosa Spring’s heavily tourist-focused economy, in a 2006 property assessment, it was determined that 60% of Pagosa Springs, Colorado’s private properties are owned by non-residents.

Do you, by any chance, own a small business in the Pagosa Springs, Colorado area?  Are you thinking about beginning such an epic adventure?  These resources could truly aid you if you were to choose such an exciting career path:

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Signature Signs Inc
Eagle, CO
Thomas Rollins

Quantum Creative Media
Pueblo, CO
Douglas Howard

Archer Sign and Design
1846 S Urban Way
Lakewood, CO. 80228

Graphic Partners
Loveland, CO