9. Re: pagosa hot springs or glenwood springs
There are tons of great things to do here in Pagosa Springs, for both summer and winter. For families, there are over twenty great restaurants, from, BBQ, Chinese, Asian, Steaks, Italian, Mexican, Pizza, burger joints, plain ol' American, plenty of fast foods, riverfront dining..etc. My husband and I love hiking, horsebackriding, jeeping, bellydancing (yes..classes here), a great recreation Center with Gym, Pool, Hot tub, racquetball courts, and classes in spinning, body sculpting, aerobics and more.
A Walmart is coming this spring...but I still don't know if that is a good thing or not. We have a very nice City Market Grocery, Family Dollar, Alco, Hardware Stores (2), a large Wynham timeshare, and shops that offer snowmobiling, skiing, rafting, fishing. There is a fine Public Libra with free internet access.
Pagosa is sitting on top of the Weimenuche Wilderness Area, one of the largest wilderness areas in the US, with tons of camping areas for tent camping through Class A motorhomes, especially at incomparably beautiful Williams Reservoir. Beautiful lakes sparkle and beckon throughout Pagosa with opportunities for relaxing kayaking in addition to tubing, rafting and kayaking the San Juan River, which runs through downtown. In the winter, there is ice fishing. Outfitters here offer hunting trips for trophy elk and more. There are two small museums, including the Harmon "Red Ryder" Museum.
In Winter, Pagosa Springs offers world-class downhill skiing and boarding, with not only the most snow in Colorado, at Wolf Creek Ski Area, only 20 miles away, which has a new high-speed quad, but also some of the lowest lift-ticket price anywhere. The snowmobile touring companies offer another fun and safe way to see snow country and mountain vistas. There are plenty of lodging options from luxury lodge rentals through private cabins and family friendly and budget-priced motels/hotels.