◊photo/ Terri House
The Basics
Where is Pagosa Springs?

Nestled at 7,000 feet in Southwest Colorado at the base of the Continental Divide, Pagosa Springs is one of the state’s undiscovered gems. With spectacular fall colors, ancient archaeological areas, deep powder at nearby Wolf Creek Ski Area, incredible hunting, amazing wildlife, clean air, close proximity to a number of National Parks, and 3 million acres of National Forest surrounding the area, Pagosa Springs offers plenty of opportunities to soak up the scenery.

Who can I contact for more info?

The Town of Pagosa Springs Tourism Web site at www.visitpagosa.com will link you to the Visitor Center and Chamber of Commerce or call their vacation line at (800) 252-2204. Visitor information can also be found at www.ExplorePagosa.com.

Keep up on the news and events in Pagosa Springs with The Pagosa Springs SUN, the community’s weekly newspaper with daily updates online at www.PagosaSUN.com.

What is it like at altitude?

Regardless of physical fitness, Acute Mountain Sickness can strike anyone not acclimated to Pagosa’s 7,000 foot elevation:

• Drink three to four quarts of water per day.

• Avoid overexertion, caffeine and alcohol for the first few days.

• Seek medical attention if persistent headache, fatigue, poor coordination or shortness of breath occur.

What is the weather like?

Archuleta County is located in the “Colorado Sunbelt,” just 35 miles north of the New Mexico border and along the Western slope of the Continental Divide. This combination of high desert plateau and dramatic Rocky Mountains to the north and east creates an unusually mild climate compared with much of the surrounding Southwest. We are favored with some 300 days of sun each year, as well as four distinct seasons. With low wind and warm sunshine, residents can enjoy a variety of year-round recreational activities.

Average Days of Sunshine: 300 per year
Annual Precipitation: 17.35 inches/year
Annual Snowfall: 67.4 inches/year
Warmest Month - July:
Average High: 83° F, Average Low: 45° F

Coolest Month - January:
Average High: 39° F, Average Low: 4° F

Average Monthly Temperatures:
Month High Low
Jan. 39°F 4°F
Feb. 44°F 10°F
Mar. 50°F 19°F
Apr. 59°F 25°F
May 68°F 31°F
Jun. 78°F 38°F

Is there a medical facility?

• Pagosa Mountain Hospital is a critical access hospital located at 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
• The emergency room is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
• Phone (970) 731-3700.
• Dial 911 for emergency services.

Important phone numbers:

EMERGENCIES DIAL “911”
(Ambulance, EMT, Fire, Police)

LAW ENFORCEMENT
Countywide Dispatcher 264-2131
Colorado State Patrol 264-2131
Emergency Medical Services 264-2131
Pagosa Springs Police Department 264-2131
Sheriff Department 264-2131
Victim’s Assistance 264-2131

GENERAL
Archuleta County Commissioners 264-8300
Stevens Field Airport, manager 731-3060
Airport Flight Base Operations 731-2127
Ruby Sisson Library 264-2208
SourceGas.......... . (800) 563-0012
La Plata Electric Association 247-5786
Navajo Lake State Park 883-2208
Pagosa Fire Protection District 731-4191
Pagosa Springs Post Office 264-5440
Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation 731-2691
USFS Pagosa District Ranger 264-2268
Senior Citizens Center 264-2167
Pagosa Springs Town Hall 264-4151
School District 50 Joint 264-2228

Vehicle Rental
Budget Car Rental/Piedra Automotive
505 Piedra Rd.
970-731-4477

Local History
Fred Harman Art Museum
85 Harman Park Dr.
970-731-5785
San Juan Historical Society Museum
96 Pagosa Street
970-264-4424

Regional Railroads
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Chama, NM & Antonito, CO
866-942-3156
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Durango & Silverton, CO
888-872-4607
Rio Grande Scenic Railroad
Alamosa & La Veta, CO
877-726-7245

Creede, CO
Chamber of Commerce
904 S. Main St.
800-327-2102
Creede Rock, Mineral, & Fossil Show
July 31, through August 2, 2009
719-658-2376
Creede Repertory Theatre
124 N. Main St.
719-658-2540
Rare Things Gallery
106 Main St.
719-658-2376