Pagosa Springs, Colorado
September 13th, 14th & 15th, 2019
Sitting at 7,126 feet on the Western Slope of the Continental Divide, Pagosa Springs was named for the sulfur springs located there, including the world’s deepest geothermal hot spring. The Ute Indians called the sulfur-rich mineral water Pah gosah, or “healing waters.” More loosely translated as “water (pah) that has a bad smell (gosah).” --Wikipedia
It is not just the stinky pools that draw us to Pagosa Springs. CPA flyers will enjoy lodging in a hot springs resort, local dining, taking in the Fall foliage via horseback in the San Juan National Forest, AND a performance by the local professional theater company. Come for the fun, stick around for the rustic charm that is - Pagosa Springs.
Fly to Stevens Field Airport (KPSO), approximately 182 miles from BJC; take note of the steep drop in altitude as you clear the mountain passes.
Friday, September 13– Arrive in PSO by 11 a.m. to attend lunch at the Malt Shoppe where burgers, fries and soft serve ice cream are a-plenty (read: greasy). If you wish to arrive a little later in the day, skipping the Malt Shoppe, arrive at PSO by 2 p.m. We’ll check into the Healing Waters Resort & Spa, then relax and settle in, maybe even take a dip in the hot spring pools, before a combined Happy Hour/dinner. You may wish to culminate your day with an evening soak, but sleep well, Saturday is a full day.
Saturday, September 14 – Following breakfast on your own at one of many local cafes, restaurants or bakeries, we’ll saddle-up for Diamond Hitch Stables for a 2-hour horseback ride through the beautiful Colorado Fall colors. We are hoping to arrange for a BBQ lunch at the stables following the trail ride. For those wishing not to horse-around, other activities can be coordinated using one or more of the rental cars. Possible activities are hiking, fishing, shopping, Farmers Market, local museums, or visit the nearby wild animal sanctuary. Saturday afternoon you’ll have time to meander the streets and trails of Pagosa Springs, or soak-away any saddle soreness. Saturday evening festivities begins at Alley House Grille where an early, private dinner is planned. Alley House Grille is touted as “the” nicest restaurant in town. We then make our way to the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts and the Thingamajig Theater to attend a performance of “Ring of Fire” which celebrates the music of “The Man in Black,” – Johnny Cash.
Sunday, September 15 – Following breakfast on your own we’ll coordinate rides to the airport to head back home.
Call the Healing Waters Resort & Spa at 800-832-5523 to book a room. Tell them you are with Colorado Pilots Association for a special rate.
More important information is to come, including pricing. Continue to watch the CPA website.