The Stats: Trail name: Treasure Falls trail Location: near Pagosa Springs, CO Distance: 1.2 miles out and back Elevation Gain: ~200 feet Published Difficulty: Easy Dog Friendliness: Yes, as long as they're on leash
Hiking to Treasure Falls
Treasure Falls is located 15 miles east of Pagosa Springs on Highway 160 and is a great stop for anyone in need of a good stretch. Especially if you’re already traveling down Highway 160. The hike takes about 30 minutes total.
The 150 foot falls are visible from the parking area, however the up close view is definitely worth making the 0.6 mile hike to get a closer look. Along the way, hikers are told the story of how Treasure Falls got its name based on a legend that a treasure was buried near the sight.
There are two observation decks available; the first of which is named Blowout and takes the trail to the right. The second observation deck, which brings you closer to the waterfall, is called Misty Deck.
Note that the trail can get a little steep, especially in the winter. That said, this a well groomed trail and is completely manageable year-round. I hope you’ll take the time to stop if you’re passing through. There’s really nothing quite like a good waterfall.
As mentioned, this is a great hike year-round, however the solitude in the winter was magical. If you are going to go during the snowy months, I would recommend bringing crampons or traction cleats. The trail can definitely be slippery.