Reservoir Hill (Downtown Pagosa Springs)

  • Rating: Easy to Moderate

  • Distance: Up to 6 miles

  • Elevation

    • Trailhead: 7100 feet

    • Max: 7490 feet

    • Min: 7100 feet

    • Gain: 390 feet

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  • Trail Map

  • Notes: Hike or mountain bike, bring water, restrooms available south of the festival meadow

Reservoir Hill

Reservoir Hill

Reservoir Hill

Reservoir Hill

Reservoir Hill

Reservoir Hill

Reservoir Hill

Reservoir Hill

Reservoir Hill

Reservoir Hill

Reservoir Hill

Reservoir Hill

Located in the center of downtown Pagosa Springs, Reservoir Hill offers tremendous recreational opportunities for locals and tourists alike.  The ponderosa pine forest is threaded by an outstanding network of single track trails and crisscrossed by a frisbee golf course.  An open meadow located about halfway up the hill is the site of two popular folk music festivals.  The festival meadow was created when an early drinking water reservoir was filled in and replaced by a water tank.  There are 2 gazebos that make good picnic destinations.  One is located at the festival meadow and the other is located at the high point, nearly 400 feet above the San Juan River.  Both gazebos offer great views of the San Juan Mountains to the north.  The hill has also been the site of extensive forest thinning projects aimed at improving forest resilience and reducing the risk of wildfire.

An endless number of loops can be strung together to link the 6 miles of single track.  Recently, 2 new directional flow trails (Bronc and Criss Cross) were constructed to enhance the downhill mountain biking opportunities.  The best way to access these downhill trails is via Tenderfoot.  With the exception of the Tecolate Loop, most of the trails have a lot of elevation gain.  Besides Rosebud and Criss Cross, most of the trails are smooth and non-technical making the area great for beginners and kids.  To create a great kids loop, ride up Tenderfoot and down Bronc (1.2 miles).  There are restroom facilities located 100 yards south of the festival meadow.  The trails usually dry out by early to mid-April.  

 
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