Visit a beautiful 100 ft waterfall surround by the beautiful San Juan mountains of Southern Colorado. It is a very easy path to the falls only minutes from the highway. For a 'ture waterfall' experience, venture up to the misty deck at the base of the falls. 

Treasure Falls is reached via short .4 mile walk from the parking lot on highway 160 about 15 miles outside Pagosa Springs (which is home to the worlds deepest hot springs). There is a paved path and dirt trail that both end up at the falls and if you are inclined, make into a loop. There is a bridge that crosses the creek just below the falls or you can continue up a couple hundred feet to the misty deck at the base of the falls. It can be crowded but most only visit for a short time. You can view the falls from the parking lot but it is worth the effort to walk to the falls itself. 

Pack List

Since the falls is close to the highway you will be able to gauge appropriate clothing depending on the weather. 

  • Camera  
  • Light jacket for the spray
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RT Distance 0.4 Miles
Elevation Gain 200 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers

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Great short hike!

My niece and I hiked this trail yesterday, August 7, 2018! It wasn’t too busy but friendly folks in passing. I was sad to see the Falls not as flowing as I’d wished; of course this is due to the lack of rain and drought conditions in Colorado. This was a fairly easy hike and we actually did it in flip flops because that’s all we had and we randomly decided to hike it after a day of shopping and hanging out in Pagosa Springs. I wish there would start being more info about Leave no Trace! Seen one family that was chain smoking up a storm while hiking and just throwing there cig butts all over the trail 🤢😣 My niece and I ended up using our time coming back to pick them up and throwing them away. All in all this is a great hike and is worth the 15-20 minutes to stop and check it out. We probably good of hiked it faster but again we weren’t equipped with the right shoes 🤣 and we took lots of photos and played around in the water!

Such a nice surprise!

We had no idea this waterfall existed, but when we saw a sign that read "Treasure Falls," we had to pull a u-turn and visit! It's a gorgeous site and a really fun hike up to the top (plus, it's a great place to stretch your legs after a long car ride!).

Awesome in summer and winter

In winter this bad boy freezes over completely leaving a gnarly jagged ice formation that stands a hundred feet tall. Very impressive and the short hike is usually tracked out with a good trail.


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