Trail Snapshot: Treasure Falls Near Pagosa Springs, Colorado
- Hike Distance: 1 mile Round Trip
- Difficulty: Easy
- Duration: Approx 30 min Round Trip
- Trail Type: Out & Back
- Starting Elevation: 8275′
- Elevation Gain: Approx 200+’
- Seasons: Year Round (possible winter closings)
- Dogs: Allowed On Leash
- Denver Drive Time: 4hr 45 min
- Driving Directions to Treasure Falls near Pagosa Springs, CO: Click for Google Map
- Town Nearest Hike: Pagosa Springs, Colorado
- Beauty: Waterfall, Scenic Drive area, Fall Creek
- Activities: Hiking, Photography
Parking & Trailhead Information for Treasure Falls in Colorado
The Hike: Treasure Falls in Colorado
Treasure Falls is a 105 foot plunge waterfall with a horsetail spray. This hike is approximately 1/2 mile to the two different observations decks. The complete journey down to the falls and back (includes both observation decks) is a total of 1 mile. Along the way, hikers learn the history of the area and the story of how Treasure Falls got its name: a legend that a treasure was buried near the sight. Kids (adults, too) will love this short hiking trail, the history, and the captivating site of one of Colorado’s highest waterfalls. While short, the hike is steep, and older folks and those who have difficulty walking, may find the journey beyond their ability.
The first observation deck, named Blowout, takes the trail to the right. The second observation deck, which is closer to the waterfall–so close that you can feel the spray from the falls–is called Misty Deck, and can be reached by going back to the main trail and following the signs.
The trail to Treasure Falls is steep and can become quite muddy with the spring snowmelt and rains. In the Winter, the waterfall freezes over into an aqua stream of ice. During these months, when the parking lot is not plowed or snowed in, Treasure Falls can be accessed by snowshoeing or hiking in with traction devices or microspikes–much depends on the amount of snowfall. Ice can compound with the snow to make the trail very difficult.
Tips & Resources for Hiking to Treasure Falls, CO
- Hot Cocoa: After the trip, drive up the the Wolf Creek ski area and get hot chocolate at the lodge.
- Wear Good Footwear: The hike up to treasure falls can be slick in places, and muddy in the spring. Be sure to have durable and gripping boots or shoes. Looking for good boots? Check out our hiking boot reviews.
- Packing List: Always pack the 10 Essentials. Download our Hiking Guide to get list and dayhiking packing checklist.
- Colorado Road Conditions: Colorado Road Conditions
- After the Hike: Alley House Grill in Pagosa Springs
- Photo: We would like to express our gratitude to Tobias Haase for sharing such an amazing photograph of this hike.
Map & Driving Directions
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