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pagosa hot springs or glenwood springs

Hi. Can anyone help me contrast Glenwood Springs with Pagosa Springs? I would like to go visit end of May, and we cannot do both. I will be traveling with family, 2 teenagers, modest income. Thank you.00000

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1. Re: pagosa hot springs or glenwood springs

With two teenagers definitely go to Glenwood Springs. There are the Vapor Caves (used by the Indians for healing) which is a separate entity. The hot springs themselves, the pool as well as other activities that the teens would like.

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Yes, do Glenwood. You can swim in the world's largest natural hot springs pool, go river rafting, ride a zipline, explore Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, bike along the CO River, hike to Hanging Lake or take great day trips to Aspen, Vail, or Redstone. Glenwood was also voted the #1 fishing town by Field & Stream. So much to do and see. Plus lots of lodging choices, some offering stay 2 nights and get the 3rd night free.

Edited: 13 February 2011, 23:37
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I think both are great but I will put a plug for Pagosa.

I think Pagosa is not as $$ overall as Glenwood as it is not as much of a resort area.

I like the town and the outdoor recreation (hiking) plus the sheer natural beauty of the area a tad more also (although Glenwood canyon is spectacular).

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Have you been to Mesa Verde with your teens? If not, you could go there as a day trip from Pagosa Springs. You could also visit the old mining town of Creede, which was as wild and wooly as anyplace in the West, home to the likes of Bat Masterson, Bob Ford, Calamity Jane and the infamous Soapy Smith.

You're coming from Boulder, I take it from your profile info? You could easily visit Glenwood Springs sometime as an overnight trip (or even possibly as a day trip), so the route to Pagosa, even though longer, might be more interesting. You could make a loop drive, with the Silver Thread Scenic Byway one direction and a quick visit to the Great Sand Dunes the other.

Have you seen this site which describes all the pools (swimming and soaking, some adults only, some riverside, some family friendly) at Pagosa?

http://pagosahotsprings.com/pools/pools.htm

Adult admission is $20 and you can get a week pass where the first adult is $65 and four addons are $44.

On the other hand, Glenwood Springs has an awesome huge pool with a water slide and if you would be there before Memorial Day it is still "Value" season for $13.25.

Edited: 14 February 2011, 09:49
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Plenty to do in both Pagosa Springs and Glenwood at the end of May. While there isn't an Adventure Park in Pagosa, we are surrounded by 2.5 millions acres of national forest and wilderness - plenty of hiking, biking, scenic drives, fishing, boating, backcountry hot springs and waterfalls. Rafting on the Piedra, San Juan and other nearby rivers is available in Pagosa Springs too...

In addition to the 23 hot springs pools at the Springs Resort, there are two other facilities in downtown Pagosa Springs - Healing Waters Spa Resort has a large swimming pool with saunas and the Overlook Mineral Springs has rooftop tubs overlooking the continental divide.

Mt. Princeton is also a nice area. Their waterslide is a lot of fun - opens Memorial Day, I believe. And, the ghost town of St. Elmo is a great side trip. Good luck!

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Thank you, the caves sound interesting.

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Thank you. Sounds like lots to keep us busy!

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8. Re: pagosa hot springs or glenwood springs

Thanks to all of the above posters for the great advice! I think at this point it all sounds so good maybe we'll do a trip in May, then do another late Summer or Fall. I really appreciate your help.

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There are tons of great things to do here in Pagosa Springs, for both summer and winter. For families, there are over twenty great restaurants, from, BBQ, Chinese, Asian, Steaks, Italian, Mexican, Pizza, burger joints, plain ol' American, plenty of fast foods, riverfront dining,..etc. My husband and I love hiking, horsebackriding, jeeping, bellydancing (yes..classes here), a great recreation Center with Gym, Pool, Hot tub, racquetball courts, and classes in spinning, body sculpting, aerobics and more.

A Walmart is coming this spring...but I still don't know if that is a good thing or not. We have a very nice City Market Grocery, Family Dollar, Alco, Hardware Stores (2), a large Wynham timeshare, and shops that offer snowmobiling, skiing, rafting, fishing. There is a fine Public Libra with free internet access.

Pagosa is sitting on top of the Weimenuche Wilderness Area, one of the largest wilderness areas in the US, with tons of camping areas for tent camping through Class A motorhomes, especially at incomparably beautiful Williams Reservoir. Beautiful lakes sparkle and beckon throughout Pagosa with opportunities for relaxing kayaking in addition to tubing, rafting and kayaking the San Juan River, which runs through downtown. In the winter, there is ice fishing. Outfitters here offer hunting trips for trophy elk and more. There are two small museums, including the Harmon "Red Ryder" Museum.

In Winter, Pagosa Springs offers world-class downhill skiing and boarding, with not only the most snow in Colorado, at Wolf Creek Ski Area, only 20 miles away, which has a new high-speed quad, but also some of the lowest lift-ticket price anywhere. The snowmobile touring companies offer another fun and safe way to see snow country and mountain vistas. There are plenty of lodging options from luxury lodge rentals through private cabins and family friendly and budget-priced motels/hotels.

The natural PAGOSAH Hot Springs are among the of the largest and hottest in the world.There is a large Hot Springs Complex with a new lodge, as well as several other therapeutic springs. All offer relaxing soaks for after sports aches. Also, this is one of THE centers for Natural Horsemanship in the US since world-renowned horseman Pat Parelli and his family opened a brand-new facility and ranch HERE in Pagosa Springs. The incomparable mountain views complement a wide variety of full-time and vacation homes, cabins and condos with a pricetag 1/3 of Aspen, Telluride, Park City, and Vail and NONE of the snootiness. Of course we have high speed internet, and lots of small trendy and tourist-y shops, bargain, thrift and consignment stores that are fun to browse. If you are a Senior, Pagosa has a brand-new Sr. Center with computers, classes, trips, transportation, and LUNCH everyday for a very modest price ($2.50). A brand new small hospital with 24-hour Emergency Care as well as a clinic has also opened. There are also many great small towns and ghost towns to explore from here as well, on short day trips that include the historic mining towns of Creede and Silverton, as well as Durango, Cortez, Mancos and Chimney Rock and Mesa Verde Cliff Ruins. Nearby Chama NM and Durango CO both have historic steam trains with trips in all seasons. The County Fair is held here in the summer, A Hot Air Baloon Festival with a "Ballon Glow" in the evening. There are Rodeos every Thursday night (summer), Chuckwagon BBQ at the Harmon Museum, as well as Music Festivals, Art and Craft Shows.. really too many to list. The fabulous Sky Ute Casino is only about 1/2 hour away and features great restaurants as well as seafood, steak, lobster buffets along with world-class entertainment. And Gambling. I'm not a golfer, but there is a gorgeous golf course in Pagosa (as well as miniature golf) In winter, the golf course is open for cross-country skiing. Well, so sorry that there is nothingto do here in Pagosa Springs.

Edited: 27 February 2011, 23:37
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10. Re: pagosa hot springs or glenwood springs

I've spent vacation time at both Glenwood and Pagosa Springs.

With teenagers - I'd go to Glenwood! Close to Aspen which is a cool place to visit as well. I love Pagosa and would visit there with my husband anytime. With the teen, I'd head to Glenwood !