After a few days in the wonderful Pagosa Springs area we headed to Canon City to explore the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. We marveled at the amazing Treasure Falls just a few minutes out of Pagosa Springs. Then we were able to enjoy some breathtaking views at Wolf Creek Pass. Both were amazing and we were glad we were able to see them on our way out of the area.
Getting to Treasure Falls didn’t take very long as it is only 15 miles east of Pagosa Springs on Highway 160. Since we were in a hurry to get to Canon City, it was nice that the waterfall is visible from the parking area. However it requires a short uphill hike to get near the base. The waterfall cascades 105 feet into Falls Creek, which connects with the San Juan River. FYI, the San Juan begins at the top of Wolf Creek Pass and then flows west all the way to the Gulf of California.
For the adventurous type there is a trail that leads you even better views. It is a well maintained set of dirt switch backs up the side of a densely-forested hill. We heard that the views at the top are exceptional. It’s about 1/4 of a mile trek to the falls, with an elevation gain of over 300 ft. However, it does take about 30-45 minutes round trip, and we didn’t have enough time.
I love waterfalls, and this one was pretty darn cool. I have attached a short video for you to view if you also like waterfalls. I hope you enjoy.