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Mention the majestic aspen trees of Pagosa Springs, Colorado and most of us think of the amazing fall colors we experience in the gorgeous Pagosa landscapes.  But spring is equally exciting for us locals.  Watching the tulips bloom, the grass begin to green and the leaves budding is a sign that a long winter has indeed ended.

Below are photos I took last night as I prepared to put Evan to bed.  Mellane was very excited to see that the aspen were just starting to bud in our yard so I thought I would take a few shots for her.  Little did I know that I would spend more than an hour photographing this unfolding of nature’s spring brilliance.

Pagosa Springs, Colorado demands that you venture outside.  Enjoy the photos and please call me for the best of Pagosa Springs real estate.

D. West Davies

Can you see the tiny bug hiding in the picture below?  I’ve cropped closer in the subsequent pictures so you can get a better look.

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The Denver Post just reported that the Forest Service approved a controversial land swap with Texas developer Red McCombs that would provide access to his proposed 1,700 unit “Village at Wolf Creek” development. The swap connects his parcel to HWY 160, eliminating the need to build a road through the National Forest and greatly increasing usable land.

Below are links to the Denver Post and Pagosa Sun article. Also below is a playlist of videos I recorded of Ryan Bidwell of Colorado Wild who spoke in opposition of the land swap in October 2009. The Village at Wolf Creek representative refused to allow me record him.

From the Denver Post:  Feds OK land swap to access proposed 1,711 unit Village at Wolf Creek
From the Pagosa Sun:  Village at Wolf Creek: Land exchange receives tentative approval
From Rocky Mountain Wild:   Opponents of Wolf Creek Village Slam Forest Service Approval 
From the Durango Herald:  Feds Pave Way for Village at Wolf Creek
From the Forest Service:  Draft Record of Decision Village at Wolf Creek Access Project Final Environmental Impact Statement
From Colorado Public Radio:  To Build — Or Not To Build — At Wolf Creek

The current view of the proposed site

After build-out:

Land Exchange Proposal:


Current Land Ownership

Proposed Build-out Ownership:

Background & Feasibility Analysis Village at Wolf Creek Land Exchange Proposal
Village at Wolf Creek Website
Colorado Wild Website
No Village at Wolf Creek Website
Friends of Wolf Creek


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!






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

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!

Check out all of our Riverfront Land For Sale
…and Riverfront Homes For Sale!


Yet even more pictures:

We sold this home for $211,000 on August 31, 2012.

Looking for that perfect Pagosa Springs home by the National Forest but not too far from shopping amenities? Introducing 241 Arrowhead Drive in Pagosa’s Lake Forest Estates.

This lovely nearly 1800 sq/ft home is situated across the street from the San Juan National Forest in Lake Forest Estates. The upstairs main living area features vaulted ceilings, solid oak floors, a custom built-in window seat and an open floor plan with a modern kitchen and large island. All three bedrooms and 2 full baths are located on the main level. The tiled downstairs includes a family/TV room, a half bath and an office that could be used as a fourth bedroom.

You will fall in love with the mature landscaping featuring aspen groves, hand-laid rock walkways, colorful perennials, ponderosa pines, fruit trees and other edibles, and raised garden beds. The pet friendly back yard is cedar fenced and very private.

Built by the current owners, the home is highly energy efficient and has three sources of heat including in-floor radiant heat downstairs, natural gas forced-air and a highly efficient Jotul wood burning stove.  Additionally, generous south-facing windows provide passive solar heating in the upper living area on sunny winter days, but are shaded by aspen trees in the summer months.

The home is located on a quiet street just two blocks from the lake and paved bike trail and minutes from the shopping center.


The downstairs includes an additional family room and large office that could be used as a fourth bedroom.   This level uses in-floor radiant heat, the most efficient way to heat your Pagosa Springs home in the winter.  Visit this home’s Picasa site online to view more interior photos.

You will fall in love with the immaculate landscaping featuring several aspen groves, ponderosa pines, fruit trees and vegetable gardens.  The back yard is fenced and pet friendly.  The home includes a two car garage and plenty of parking in the large front yard as well. All this and it’s very close to shopping amenities as well.

More Lake Forest Estates Homes for Sale.
All Things Pagosa Aspen Pictures & Videos.

More Interior Pictures


More Exterior Pictures


Property Plat.  Lot 288 shaded in grey.

I missed much of the fall colors this year because my grandmother was gravely ill in Kentucky. So we packed the kids in the car and visited with her for two weeks in her home and the hospital. I took the pictures below on my first day back in Pagosa Springs. They are all taken up Nipple Mountain Road (FS Road 665) or the small Forest Service roads that branch off of it.

Unfortunately, I spent the rest of the week locked in the office playing catch up on the real estate business and had to watch the colors from my office window.

More Fall Colors Photos & Videos


Hey, that's Pagosa Springs in the distance.

Katriel playing in the leaves.

More Fall Colors Photos & Videos

Cimarrona Campgrounds in Pagosa Springs is a popular spot for hiking, fishing and hunting enthusiasts.  It is located 27 miles northwest of Pagosa Springs and 2.3 miles north of Teal Campground on Forest Road 640 just above Williams Creek Reservoir which is stocked with kokanee salmon and trout.  It features 21 campsites some of which can handle large RV’s.  The campground has water provides trash pickup and vault toilets.

I took these pictures on October 12, 2010 hoping to get the brilliant blue skies that Pagosa is known for but got to the site a little too late in the day and the clouds were already gathering above the mountains.

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View more great “All Things Pagosa” Fall Colors pictures & video

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Pagosa Springs has had a late but remarkable fall colors season this year.  This is a collection of photos I took on October 10 & 12, 2010.  I’d be out much more often but the real estate market picked up for me during this period (that’s why it took so long to get these posted).

View the rest of the Williams Creek Lake Fall Colors collection
View more great “All Things Pagosa” Fall Colors pictures & video

Cottonwood Overlooking Williams Creek Reservoir

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