Vacation Planning with Forest Fires in the Southwest
As everyone knows, the entire Southwest is suffering a dry year and forest fires have sparked to life. The entire area has a light background layer of smoke and haze. The Pagosa Springs area has one of the smaller fires in its northwest corner. The “Little Sand Fire” is producing smoke that normally blows to the northeast, over the divide and out of the area. This leaves a large area of National Forest and Wilderness with little to no smoke. The Town of Pagosa Springs, with its wide variety of recreation, is also usually free of direct smoke impact.
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Effective Friday, July 13, 2012, fire restrictions will be lifted at higher elevations and eased at lower elevations of the San Juan National Forest in southwestern Colorado. Updated maps, which show specific boundaries for the specific zones considered higher and lower elevation under the revised restrictions, will be available beginning tomorrow at National Forest offices in Pagosa Springs, Bayfield, Durango, Dolores and Silverton, and posted online at: www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan
Fire restrictions for higher elevations of the San Juan National Forest (Zone 2), which have been receiving more moisture, are hereby lifted; however, visitors are still asked to remain safety conscious in these areas.
See newest article by Willie Swanda click here.
What’s it like near the fire, not so bad now!
Jon Reed of SPORTSMAN’S CAMP and Willie Swanda of CRAZY HORSE OUTFITTERS want you to know the area is accessable and open for business. The Little Sand fire has moved north and there is less smoke in the area day by day. Once the morning winds pick up the air clears except directly down wind from the fire.
The Sportsman’s Camp is a full service camping – RV facility with store, hook-ups, Rec. Hall and it is in one of the most beautiful spots on earth.
As one drives north on Piedra Road these large plywood signs become noticeable. These volunteers drive from sign to sign changing information keeping the local residents and tourists abreast of the latest news.
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Have a grand time in downtown Pagosa Springs!
Play Daze in downtown Pagosa Springs is an enchanting time of year. The river slows allowing play and great times for all ages. Best of all, it’s FREE!!!
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Golf with a VIEW anyone?
Mountain Biking in Pagosa:
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Looking for scenery?
Stay in Peaceful and Economical Pagosa Springs And Visit the Best of the Southwest on One Day Tours.
A Pagosa.com approved outfitter for outstanding adventure.
|Crazy Horse Outfitters & Guides
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
We are located in the San Juan Mountains at the gateway to the Weminuche Wilderness. Crazy Horse Outfitters provides safe, high quality scenic horseback trail rides and guided/non-guided wilderness trips into the unsurpassed beauty of Southwestern Colorado.970-731-3641 | View our Website
Hiking Trails along the Continental Divide
of the San Juan National Forest
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All Hiking Trails in the San Juan National Forest click here.
Pagosa’s Best Fishing Rivers and Lakes click here.
Click below for Pagosa.com approved accommodations.
|Bruce Spruce Ranch PO Box 296 Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Fourteen rustic, summer log cabins and one large, modern log cabin which rents year round. One bedroom to five bedrooms. RV park. Many activities available on site. Stocked fishing pond.970-264-5374 | Visit our Website
|Cabins at Hartland Ranch PO Box 3392 Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Come enjoy our 85-acre paradise with majestic views of the Continental Divide. 1, 2 and 3 bedroom luxury log homes. Perfect for the whole family or a romantic getaway970-264-1111 | 866-377-1115 | Website
1600 E. Hwy 160 Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
|Hart’s Rocky Mountain Retreat
2297 Highway 84, Pagosa Springs, CO
Hart’s Rocky Mountain Retreat offers luxury log cabin vacation homes for folks wanting to get away and experience the beauty and pleasures of the Rocky Mountains.970-264-0123 | 888-441-0023Visit our Website
|L Bar Z Ranch Cabins
2244 East Hwy. 160, ngs, Colorado
New log cabin or rustic log cabin with all the modern conveniences. Overlooking San Juan River. Private fishing. Hunters welcome!
970-264-5548 | Cell: 970-946-0402| Web Site
|Sportsman’s Campground & Mountain Cabins
2095 Taylor Lane, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Family & pet friendly. Spacious & shaded full hook up RV sites & mountain cabins. Outside of town in the national forest. Free W-Fi, playground, general store, horseback rides. Hike, fish, hunt, RELAX!”
970-731-2300 | Visit our Website
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