Road Trip: Pagosa Springs and Lathrop State Park

After Durango we wanted to go to Pagosa Springs. We’d never been but it sounded sorta junky to me so we had no plans to stay over. It wasn’t junky!  It was nice. Much nicer then the Durango “spa” and even better than everything in Glenwood Springs. It was a cute little town with lots of different spas, restaurants and shops. It’s not tooooo upscale, but not scummy. It’s a little bit hippyish but not in an annoying way.

The first thing we did was walk around and look in a couple of stores. We were hungry and it was cold so we wanted to find some lunch. We walked about half a mile out of the main area to Farrago Market Cafe. Another terrible website but awesome little place.

Very cute little Farrago Market Cafe in Pagosa Springs, CO

Very cute little Farrago Market Cafe in Pagosa Springs, CO

I had a grilled portabello and provolone sandwich at Farrago Market Cafe in Pagose Springs, CO

I had a grilled portabello and provolone sandwich at Farrago Market Cafe in Pagose Springs, CO

Mike had one of their signature pizzas and some pasta salad. Farrago Market Cafe, Pagosa Springs, CO

Mike had one of their signature pizzas and some pasta salad. Farrago Market Cafe, Pagosa Springs, CO

On our way back to the RV we decided to take the trail that runs along the river. There are random hot springs everywhere on the trail and on the river. It was really awesome!

Random hot spring, Pagosa Springs, CO

Random hot spring, Pagosa Springs, CO

Random hot spring, Pagosa Springs, CO

Random hot spring, Pagosa Springs, CO

Random hot spring, Pagosa Springs, CO

Random hot spring, Pagosa Springs, CO

Random hot spring, Pagosa Springs, CO

Random hot spring, Pagosa Springs, CO

I wonder if anyone ever goes into those.

I had heard about the Pagosa Hot Springs Resort before and we happened to walk right by it, across the river from it, actually, when we were going back to the RV on the path.  OMG it looks awesome. Be sure to check out the website because their pictures are much better than mine.

Pagosa Hot Springs Resort, Pagosa Springs, CO

Pagosa Hot Springs Resort, Pagosa Springs, CO

You can’t really see them in that picture but there are twenty different hot pools at that resort. Several of them are right down in the river just separated by the river with rocks. Some of them have waterfalls and a few of them even have jets! I really want to go here! We didn’t stay because it was rainy and you can’t use the pools when it’s raining, and also a big storm was coming in and it would have been really hard to get back home over the mountains the next day. We WILL be back when the weather is nicer, tho.

So we left Pagosa Springs and headed home. We weren’t sure if we were going to go home or stop along the way. it was supposed to be below freezing at home ( we were still misguided about being able to bring the RV into freezing weather) so we thought we’d stop someplace warmer.

We had to go over a huge mountain pass that had already had snow. The next day would have been treacherous!

Colorado mountain pass near Pagosa Springs, CO

Colorado mountain pass near Pagosa Springs, CO

Colorado mountain pass

Colorado mountain pass

Colorado mountain pass

Colorado mountain pass

We drove thru a bunch of small Southern Colorado towns and finally wound up in Lathrop State Park near Walsenburg after ensuring that the weather would not be below freezing by using our smart phones.

It was nighttime. It was dark. It was windy. It was cold! Oh No! Would it freeze afterall? We hooked up, battened down the hatches, turned the heat on high and went to sleep. I woke up a bunch of times because it was sooooooo windy. I looked outside and was convinced it had snowed but when we got up in the morning there was no snow. I don’t know what I really saw, except that it’s pretty barren out there and the moon was full and casting on the ground. I guess in my sleepy fog I thought it was snow.

It was actually pretty there in the morning. It was really cold so we didn’t venture out on a hike or bike ride, but it would be a great place to do that.

Lathrop State Park, Walsenburg, CO

Lathrop State Park, Walsenburg, CO

Lathrop State Park, Walsenburg, CO

Lathrop State Park, Walsenburg, CO

After the quick look outside we took off towards home. We got there in the afternoon, cleaned the RV, fueled it up, and brought it back.

It was a fun trip. There are a few things we’d do differently next time. But next time will probably be with our own swanky trailer! Stay tuned for that adventure.