Scenic Drives Near Pagosa Springs

Wolf Creek Pass
One of the most beautiful drives near Pagosa Springs, Wolf Creek Pass definitely delivers some of the most scenic views around. This major highway guides travelers past the impressive Treasure Falls with a history all its own, across the top of the world at the Continental Divide, past a very well known ski area, and down into the San Luis Valley which is a fantastic vacation spot in its owns right.

Windy Point and Lobo Overlook
At the top of Wolf Creek Pass is an access road to Windy Point and Lobo Overlook. This short, but impressive trip gives visitors an awe-inspiring view of the surrounding area. A radio and weather transmission station is located at the top of this impressive overlook as well as picnic tables for those looking for a scenic place for lunch. True to its name, the wind can be rather stout here so make sure you keep a hand on your plate.

Plumtaw-Piedra Loop
The Plumtaw-Piedra Loop is one of the most fascinating drives near Pagosa Springs. Definitely off the beaten path but accessible by all vehicle types, this drive is great for spotting deer, elk, and other wildlife during the summer or enjoying the vibrant colors during the fall. Visitors making this day trip have access to many hiking trails and other short excursions as they enjoy the pristine scenery. The Plumtaw-Piedra Loop is 35 miles long and begins in town on Four Mile Road just past the corner of Lewis and Pagosa Street.

Blanco Basin
The Blanco Basin drive is scenic one that is best seen during the fall. To access this area head south on highway 84 for approximately 8 miles and then follow the Blanco Basin turnoff. The drive routes visitors past the head of Blanco Basin, past both Square Top Mountain and Oil Mountain, and provides incredible views of the continental divide. Suitable for all vehicle types, the Blanco Basin drive is one of the top day trips in the area.

New Mexico Loop
The best off-road day trip in the Pagosa Springs Area, according to many locals and visitors, is the New Mexico Loop. This trip takes travelers along Wolf Creek Pass, Cumbres Pass, and provides access to Chama, New Mexico, and the small village of Platoro. Platoro is best during the late spring, summer, and early fall. Due to the rugged terrain, there is only one section that crosses Elmwood Pass. The trip is accessible by most standard vehicles. Best seen using a 4-wheel drive vehicle to ensure accessibility, taking a day to make this loop is truly an unforgettable experience.