Pagosa Springs from the Rear View Mirror

It’s been a while since we’ve spent time in Colorado.  We are so fortunate that Don’s folks purchased a cabin, 20 miles up from Pagosa Springs (at over 7000 ft).  What a great break from the Texas heat, it was gorgeous.  The aspen trees’ leaves were turning mostly yellow, with some reddish hues.  In fact, if you just glanced at an area, it almost looked like flames (from fire) in between the green pines.  We did some hiking and sightseeing, and loads of relaxing.  While the hot springs attract a lot of people, I had trouble tolerating the smell.

There’s a few food pictures, and some fabulous scenery pictures.  We had such great food, and I’m pretty sure it would be really boring to just see a bunch of those pictures, but I will let you know some places you can’t miss, if you make that trip.

We actually flew to Albuquerque, and rented a car.  We ate at a great place in Albuquerque, Nexus Brewery.  And here’s the thing, we thought we got pictures, but no!  This is not a place you stumble onto, or see from the road.  You have to know it’s there, because it’s pretty out of the way.  It was next to our hotel, so that was helpful! Don had the best waffles and fried chicken ever, and that’s the way I felt about my fish and chips.  The fish had a light crispy, cornmeal crust, loaded with garlic (just like my grandmother made, only better).  So, that was our first night.  We also went there on the last night of our trip, and I had the stacked enchiladas (my mouth is watering just thinking about them).

On the way to Pagosa, we stopped to eat, just outside of Santa Fe, at Gabriel’s.  I had a seafood dish that was awesome.  Don had a local slow cooked pork dish, Cochinita Pibil.

Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta (seafood)
Cochinita Pibil
Cochinita Pibil

There was an art gallery right next to Gabriels, and the most fascinating thing for me were the rain barrels that were beautifully painted.  I didn’t price them, because why?!!

New Mexico Rain Vessel

Piedra River Trail 4
Piedra River Trail

 

Piedra River Trail 2
Piedra River Trail
Piedra River Trail 3
Piedra River Trail
Piedra River Trial Head
Piedra River Trial Head

Aspen Fall Color 2Aspen Fall Color 3Aspen Fall ColorPiedra RiverRock Mountian San Juan Natl ForestOne day we took a quick trip to Durango, and did a little shopping.  For lunch we stopped at the SKA Brewing Company (you’ll notice a theme!!) – great beer, and pizza.

SKA Brewing CompanySKA PizzaThere are a few must visit restaurants in Pagosa Springs.  Our favorite breakfast place was Two Chicks and a Hippie.  Fabulous breakfast, and baked goods.

Basic BreakfastBesides breakfast, Kip’s Grill is a great place for elk burgers, and ono (fish) tacos. Pagosa Brewing had fish and chips, with deep fried salmon, that was amazing.

I’ll leave you with just a few more pictures that ended our latest adventure.

Taylor Ranch
Taylor Ranch
Williams Creek Reservoir
Williams Creek Reservoir
Colorado Sunset
Colorado Sunset

 

One Comment

  1. Christy Fairey says:

    Sigh! I miss that area SO MUCH!!! We always travel through Pagosa Springs on our way to Durango. We stay between Durango and Silverton. Love your scenery pictures! So glad y’all had a wonderful time. 🙂
    Christy Fairey

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