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Permits available November 17 at Pagosa Ranger District downtown (970-264-2268)

It’s that time of year again here in the mountains when families throughout San Juans pack the kids in the car for a different type of hunt — the perfect Christmas tree.  It’s a magical experience. If you’ve never tried it, check out the information provided below and get out in the woods for an unforgettable experience.

The process is easy but the Forest Office is very strict in the rules enforcement. First of all you have to buy a permit. You can purchase a permit for only $8 at the Pagosa office or any of the offices listed below. Make sure you take your permit with you because you are required to attach the permit to the trunk of the tree before driving back into town.

Second, make sure you don’t cut a tree within 100 feet of any road or campground. Of course, don’t cut any trees in any designated Wilderness Areas, Wilderness Study Areas, Recreation Areas, Research Natural Area or tree plantations. Other areas specifically off limits are listed in the brochures below.

The Forest Service encourages you to choose the best tree for your family but certain trees are off limits. You MAY cut White Fir, Subalpine Fir and Spruce. You MAY NOT cut Ponderosa Pine or Douglas Fir. Check the brochures below for tree descriptions and illustrations.

Finding that perfect tree is the funnest part. Be sure to let the kids help.  Please take a shovel with you to dig out the snow around the tree and cut the tree as close to the ground as possible. Never cut down a tree taller than 20 feet!

The rest of the process you should know well since you’ve probably been through the ritual each year since you were a baby. Prop that tree up in the family room, heat up the hot chocolate, break out your family ornaments and cameras and create the memories that last a lifetime.

Below is a video we created on our first Pagosa Springs Christmas tree hunt. We start hunting our tree at minute 2:45 and cutting the tree at 4:00. I’ve included some helpful handouts from the Forest Service below the video. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

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Men love maps. They want to see the lot dimensions, aerial views, topography and much more. The tools below are great references for the Pagosa Springs real estate buyer and current home owner as well.

Lynx Mapping

45 Acre Riverfront Property Pagosa SpringsThe Lynx Mapping System was developed by Pagosa Springs resident and geo-spacial specialist John Middendorf. I use it most often for measuring properties and researching ownership information.

 

 

 

 

Archuleta County Mapping
94 Acre Riverfront Property Pagosa Springs

The Archuleta County Mapping system displays property boundaries over satellite or topography images which can be saved and printed. It’s important to understand that the property boundaries can often be off a bit because the county has not made adjustments for the earth’s curvature. Therefore, none of the images should be construed as a survey — we always recommend a buyer hire a licensed and insured Colorado surveyor when purchasing property. But the county site is a great tool to get an initial idea of the following:  waterfront, trees, topography and elevation, proximity to town and other landmarks, neighboring properties and much more.

 

Visual IDX Property Search

This amazing new tool simplifies your property search, using cutting edge technology designed to give you, the buyer, the power to search multiple areas in and around Pagosa Springs by area, price, square footage, acreage etc. The Pagosa Springs MLS Mapper gives you instantaneous results that you can forward directly to me to receive quick, expert advice about each listing. You can even forward the listing to your friends and family.

Pagosa Springs Neighborhood Map

This is a map my office created to provide you the location and descriptions of various Pagosa Springs subdivisions. Click here to see which properties are for sale in the subdivisions

MLS:       579539
Acres:     40
SF:          1860
Price:     $525,000

Looking for a house on acreage in one of Pagosa’s most beautiful areas? Introducing the Engle home in Navajo Peak Ranch in Chromo, Colorado. Built by the current owners, this 1860 square foot cabin offer the peace and tranquillity you desire in a mountain home. This property offers epic views of the Banded Peaks and has plenty of extra room to build another home and barn. The property features two gravity-fed ponds which have been recently improved. It also offers varied terrain with pastures, mature pines and gorgeous aspen groves. Below are interior and exterior pictures of the property for you to peruse including video showing the drive from Hwy 84 to the Navajo Peak Ranch entrance, a video showing the drive from the ranch entrance to the home and a video showing the drive from the back of the property up to the home.

Feel free to contact me or your personal Pagosa Springs Realtor for a personal tour of this amazing opportunity.

Navajo Peak Ranch Plat Map
Navajo Peak Ranch Covenants
More details about the home from the Pagosa Springs MLS

 

Driving Video from Lot Rear to Home

Driving Navajo Peak Ranch

Driving Navajo River Road

Interior Photos

Exterior Photos

The 2012 Pagosa Springs Fourth of July Parade had special meaning this dry year with the fires we’ve experienced throughout Colorado. The crowd seemed much bigger and the temperature was definitely cooler this morning for another great small town parade.

Below are three videos showing the entire parade along with more great photographs and a special fast-motion stop gap video as well. In all, we shot 33 minutes of HD video, shot 200 photos and took 1,325 pictures with the GoPro Hero 2 for our fast-action stop-gap video. Feel free to share with your friends and remember that you can always email me to request a special picture you’d like to share for non-commercial purposes.

Video: Part 1 of 3

Video: Part 2 of 3

Video: Part 3 of 3

GoPro Hero 2 Fast Motion Stop Gap of the Parade
See more of our Pagosa Springs Parade coverage.

A few more pictures:

Here is the Stop Gap Video at only .5 seconds. I liked the fast motion better.

 

 

We had a perfect Pagosa crystal blue sky this year for Gecko’s Pagosa Rapids & Rythms River Fest on the San Juan River.  Morgan Murri and his crew had the music blaring through downtown as the crowd enjoyed a day kayaking expertise, river jousting and river dog fetching. Be sure to mark the event on next year’s calendar. Well worth the visit.

Below are parts 1 & 2 of the video coverage. Following are some fun videos of the Boater-X Race and the River Joust competition is regular and fast motion speeds followed by more great photos. Enjoy!

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Yet even more pictures:

Pagosa’s Snowball Road is one of the most beautiful drives close to town and the pictures and videos below showcase just how much snow you can expect to see on this amazing drive.

 

 

KSUT did a great job of getting our little mountain town ready for Keb’ Mo’ Band’s arrival in Pagosa Springs with an interview with the artist and lots of songs played during the two weeks prior to the 2011 Four Corner’s Folk Festival. Well Sunday night our desires were satiated when they arrived on stage as the final act of this year’s festival on Reservoir Hill. Below are some of the videos I shot from the left of he stage. Unfortunately, someone in the Patron area moved a speaker in our direction so much of the sound is crackly so it’s best to listen with the volume lower.

“Just Lookin” from his fabulous new album “The Reflection” “Let’s make one thing perfectly clear, my wandering eyes are staying right here…”

Final song of the Festival Sunday night: “Standin’ at the Station  From his 1996 album “Just Like You

“More Than One Way Home” from the 1996 album “Just Like You“.

The very fun song “France” from the 2004 album “Keep it Simple“.  This song may have earned him “boos” in Texas, but we loved it here in Pagosa Springs.

“The Whole Enchilada” from that great new album “The Reflection“.

“Closer” from the 2004 album “Keep it Simple

“She Just Wants to Dance” From 1994 album: Keb’ Mo’  (I listed this one last because the video is so poor…people kept crashing into my camera).

The skies threatened to open late Saturday afternoon but the deluge never came as just a brief shower and cooling winds descended on the 2011 Four Corners Folk Festival in Pagosa Springs. But whatever relief from the heat we experienced quickly dissapated as Los Lobos took the stage as Saturday’s headline act. The entire crowd was on their feet under the big tent and a huge crowd danced feverishly on either side of the tent. I had to set my tripod atop several chairs just to get a vantage point above the crowd. Below is the video I shot of Los Lobos’ encore songs that followed a raucous crowd ovation.  It’s over 15 minutes long because I couldn’t figure out a place to stop recording without missing some of the next song they performed. “La Bamba is at minute 5:36.

I recommend hitting play and then pausing the playback until the stream is complete for best playback.

Alberta Peak turned out to be a much easier hike than we have been taking lately.  You start the hike at the Continental Divide sign up on Wolf Creek Pass just before you get to the Wolf Creek Ski Area. You immediately find yourself in a pine forest with a spongy needle-covered ground which feels great on the feet. The first part of the hike is uphill with switchbacks but they are not too arduous — that is if you are already acclimated to the altitude.

I made this hike this week with my buddy and Pagosa Springs home inspector Eric Ziminsky of Total Home Inspections — great guy who does outstanding work.  Below is a video from the top of Alberta Peak. The video starts off with a 360 degree view and then includes some zoomed in shots of Chimney Rock and other surrounding peaks. Below the video are various pictures I took of the hike. Enjoy!

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We had another perfect day for our annual Fourth of July parade here in Pagosa Springs with less heat than last year’s parade.  Below are photos and videos of this year’s parade taken from my spot just outside of Jim Smith Realty.  The video is four parts this year if you can believe that (Still waiting on YouTube to load Part 3 correctly.  The videos are listed first (with participants listed below each video with the time points they appear on the parade route for quicker access coming soon) with highlighted photos are posted below the videos with even more photos listed in the thumbnails at the bottom of the page.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3
(Coming soon)

Part 4

 

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The home is no longer on the market.

MLS 668126
306 Rainbow Road
$312,000

Ever dreamed of living in a riverfront home?  Well “All Things Pagosa” is proud to announce the listing of 306 Rainbow Road, a contemporary style home featuring 12 inch exterior walls for high energy efficiency and views and sounds of the river that can be enjoyed from the generous decking, hot tub, living room, kitchen, loft and master bedroom.   Nestled on one acre adjoining the Blanco River in Pagosa Springs, CO, this home is being offered at just $312,000 — $58,000 less than it costs the owners to build in 2006.

More Home Details

Call West Davies (970-398-0022) or your Pagosa Springs Realtor today to schedule a viewing of this unique Pagosa Springs riverfront home.

 

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