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Free Camping in Pagosa Springs, Colorado

After spending two weeks in Durango, it was time to move on and explore more of Colorado. It didn’t take much convincing to decide Pagosa Springs was our next stop… we’re suckers for natural hot springs!

Jackson Mountain Road was a free camping great site, just eight miles from downtown.

Here’s the Breakdown:

Location: San Jaun National Forest in Pagosa Springs, CO

GPS37.347352, -106.934284

Date / Temp: We camped here for 6 nights in early October. The highs were mid 60s with lows in the 40s. 

Amenities: This site offers no services and practices a “Pack In, Pack Out” policy.  There are a few water spigots near the waterfront trail downtown (behind the courthouse). We found large trash cans downtown as well, but dumpsters (for public use) were hard to find.

Wifi / Cell: We received a 4G LTE signal with both AT&T and T-Mobile (using our WeBoost Cell Booster). The speeds were amazing – 10 Mbps up & down

Noise: This site was very quiet. Our site was large, but not large enough to welcome other campers. We had complete peace & quiet in the evenings.

Grocery / Errands: Downtown Pagosa Springs is 8 miles away and offers most the shopping needed to complete our chores. There is a central post office, and lots of gas stations.

Dog Friendly: This site is dog friendly. River had a lot of space to play and explore. The town of Pagosa Springs is also dog friendly and offers many walking trails.

Entertainment: The local hot springs are the biggest attraction in Pagosa Springs. There are 3 facilities that offer tub-soaking. We visited Overlook Mineral Springs and loved it!

If you’re interested in viewing all the free campsites we visit, click here!

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  1. bruvtravels says:

    Love dog friendly sites with water. My Tory is definitely a water dog.

  2. PagosaNow says:

    Thank you saying such great things about our wonderful town.

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  4. randy says:

    ill tell ya, if I wasn’t having high blood pressure I would love being there