Treasure Falls Near Pagosa Springs Colorado

Treasure Falls is a 105 foot, plunge waterfall just 15 miles outside of Pagosa Springs, Colorado. It’s just a 1/2 mile hike in to the falls where you can get close enough to feel the spray and mist from the falling water. It’s a sight that kids and adults alike will remember. Explore the full Treasure Falls hike profile below for trail map, driving directions, and more of the details you need to enjoy this adventure near Wolf Creek Pass in Colorado.

Trail Snapshot: Treasure Falls Near Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Hike Distance1 mile Round Trip
DurationApprox 30 min Round Trip
Trail TypeOut and Back
Starting Elevation8275′
Elevation Gain+200′
SeasonsYear Round (possible winter closings)
DogsAllowed On Leash
Denver Drive Time4 hr 45 min
Driving Directions to Treasure Falls near Pagosa Springs, COClick for Google Map
Town Nearest HikePagosa Springs, Colorado
BeautyWaterfall, Scenic Drive area, Fall Creek
ActivitiesHiking, Photography

Parking & Trailhead Information for Treasure Falls in Colorado

Treasure Falls is located about 15 miles northeast of the town of Pagosa Springs, along highway 160 near Wolf Creek Pass. Driving from Pagosa Springs, the parking area and trailhead for Treasure Falls are located on the right (east) side of the road. Parking can accommodate about 18 vehicle and 3 RV/trailers. There are restrooms at the site. Because parking is limited, it fills to capacity often during the summer months. Though the trailhead is open year round, sometimes the entrance gets blocked by plowed snow. Some have noted Treasure Falls as a handicap accessible hike, but it is not. However, the waterfall can be viewed–at a distance–from the parking area.

The Hike: Treasure Falls in Colorado

Treasure Falls is a 105 foot plunge waterfall with a horsetail spray. This hike is approximately 1/2 mile to the two different observations decks. The complete journey down to the falls and back (includes both observation decks) is a total of 1 mile. Along the way, hikers learn the history of the area and the story of how Treasure Falls got its name: a legend that a treasure was buried near the sight. Kids (adults, too) will love this short hiking trail, the history, and the captivating site of one of Colorado’s highest waterfalls. While short, the hike is steep, and older folks and those who have difficulty walking, may find the journey beyond their ability.

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Treasure falls hikeLandscape Near Treasure Falls courtesy of Tobias Haase

The first observation deck, named Blowout, takes the trail to the right. The second observation deck, which is closer to the waterfall–so close that you can feel the spray from the falls–is called Misty Deck, and can be reached by going back to the main trail and following the signs.

The trail to Treasure Falls is steep and can become quite muddy with the spring snowmelt and rains. In the Winter, the waterfall freezes over into an aqua stream of ice. During these months, when the parking lot is not plowed or snowed in, Treasure Falls can be accessed by snowshoeing or hiking in with traction devices or microspikes–much depends on the amount of snowfall. Ice can compound with the snow to make the trail very difficult.

Tips & Resources for Hiking to Treasure Falls, CO

  • Hot Cocoa: After the trip, drive up the the Wolf Creek ski area and get hot chocolate at the lodge.
  • Wear Good Footwear: The hike up to treasure falls can be slick in places, and muddy in the spring. Be sure to have durable and gripping boots or shoes. Looking for good boots? Check out our hiking boot reviews.
  • Packing List: Always pack the 10 Essentials. Download our Hiking Guide to get list and dayhiking packing checklist.
  • Colorado Road Conditions: Colorado Road Conditions
  • After the Hike: Alley House Grill in Pagosa Springs
  • Photo: We would like to express our gratitude to Tobias Haase for sharing such an amazing photograph of this hike.


Map & Driving Directions

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— Update: 30-12-2022 — found an additional article See Four Beautifully Scenic Waterfalls in Pagosa Springs from the website for the keyword treasure falls hike.

Treasure falls hikeTreasure Falls

Folklore and legend surround the Treasure Falls area. Treasure Falls, a 100' waterfall visible from Hwy 160, is said to get its name from a chest of gold buried somewhere nearby. As legend has it, a group of Frenchmen was rumored to have been pursued by a band of Spaniards or Native Americans. Just before their capture, the Frenchmen allegedly buried the chest, and it remains unfound to this day. Travelers can either enjoy the view from the highway or take a short 1/4 mile hike to the Misty Deck where they can feel the spray from the falls. This is a great family hike with benches to rest along the way.


To Get There:

Head east from downtown Pagosa Springs on Highway 160 for 15 miles. The parking lot is just off the shoulder of the highway. The trailhead elevation starts at 8,112'. Just left of the parking lot lies the trailhead. Follow the trail 1/4 mile to a bridge at the base of the falls. Just above is an observation point close to the falls.

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Treasure falls hikePiedra Falls

Tumbling down volcanic cliffs in two broad steps, Piedra Falls is one of the most visited waterfalls in the Pagosa area. The hike is roughly 1/2 mile from the trailhead to the falls. Hikers can expect a thirty-minute round-trip hike. This hike is excellent for families with children of all ages.

To Get There:

Drive north of Piedra Road (CR 600 / FS 631) 17.8 miles to the junction at Sportman's Campground. Leave Piedra Road and continue on Middle Fork Rd (FS 636) for two miles. Take the first road to the right, East Toner Rd (FS 637) 7.5 miles to the end. Do not attempt this road in wet weather or early season conditions. The trailhead elevation is 8,419 ft.

Treasure falls hikeFourmile Falls

A moderate hike revealing a spectacular double waterfall north of Pagosa Springs. This hike includes breathtaking views of Eagle Mountain (12,007') and Pagosa Peak (12,640'). The falls are located north on Fourmile Road. Take note; it is a three-mile hike to the falls. This hike features a decent amount of uphill hiking. Plan accordingly.

To Get There:

Take Lewis St north and veer left immediately onto 5th St.; stay right at the junction to continue on Fourmile Rd. (CR 400 / FS 645). Stay right at the second junction to the trailhead. The elevation start is 9,200 ft. Remember, the trail to the falls is moderate and becomes an uphill hike back to the trailhead.

Treasure falls hikeSilver Falls

Silver Falls is a gorgeous waterfall located up East Fork Road, east of downtown Pagosa Springs off Highway 160.

To Get There:

To get to Silver Falls, head east on Hwy 160 towards Wolf Creek Pass for twelve miles. Turn right on East Fork Road and continue for about 8 miles. The first few miles of this road are suitable for passenger vehicles. High-clearance 4x4s are the recommended mode of transportation to the falls due to the possibility of several water crossings. The trail to Silver Falls begins behind the old guard station on the left side of the road. The hike to the base of the falls is about 1/8 mile and gets increasingly steeper the closer you get to the falls. Be careful of loose debris as you climb to the falls.

— Update: 30-12-2022 — found an additional article Treasure Falls Colorado Waterfall Hike Guide from the website for the keyword treasure falls hike.

Treasure Falls is a 100ft waterfall located off Wolf Creek Pass just outside of Pagosa Springs, Colorado. This family friendly hike can be accessed year round but is most popular during summer months. The trail to the waterfall is mostly packed dirt and a hike that can be done in under an hour.  

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Treasure falls hike
A closer look at the waterfall.

Treasure Falls Quick Facts

Virtual Trail Guide: Treasure Falls

Treasure Falls Hike Rating: ★★★★★ (4/5 Stars)

Distance: .86 Miles RT (includes all overlooks)

Elevation Start: 8,147 ft

Highest Point: 8,341 ft

Total Elevation Gain: 185 ft

Estimated Time to Complete: Under an Hour RT

Difficulty: Easy – How do I Grade my Hikes? 

Class: Class 1 – What does this mean? 

Season: Year round (Expect snow October – May)

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Directions to Treasure Falls

Trailhead: Treasure Falls

Getting Here: 

From Pagosa Springs

Take US 160 for 15 miles towards Wolf Creek Pass. The trailhead will be on your right. 

From Points East

Take US 160 to South Fork and continue on towards Wolf Creek Pass. Once you reach the summit, continue for 8 miles to reach the trailhead on your left. 

You can enter Treasure Falls Observation Site into your favorite navigational device.

Fees: None

Parking: The parking lot for this hike is located right next to the TH with additional parking across the highway. In the winter, the parking area can sometimes not be plowed so you will have to get creative with your parking spots. The trailhead does not have a bathroom. 


Camping: This hike does not offer any great camping options. 

Dogs: The hike is dog friendly and a great place to take a dog year round. Please remember to pick up after your dog. 

Trail X Factors: Without a doubt, the biggest X factor is when you decide to tackle this waterfall hike. During the winter, crowds will be lower but of course, the waterfall will be frozen. During spring and summer months, the waterfall will be melting out or completely ice free but expect much larger crowds. If you do plan on visiting during peak season (summer) and want to avoid crowds, get an early start or hike during the evening. 

Hike Tip(s): During the hike, you will first pass by an overlook junction. I would avoid this side trail as it offers very mediocre views. To be honest with you, the views will be better driving up Wolf Creek Pass than this small overlook on the trail. 

Best Views: On the hike the best views are at the two overlook points underneath and next to the waterfall. Regardless of time of year, this is beautiful sight to see. 

Treasure Falls Hike Route

Gear Needed

  • Mickey’s Mountain Kit
  • Optional: Camera
  • Optional: Microspikes (during the winter months)
  • Optional: Snowshoes (during the winter months)

Our Trip to Treasure Falls: December 2019

Our hike to the falls was a short but scenic hike on the way home from my first Ironman. I would easily revisit this hike if we were looking for a spot to stretch our (or the dog’s) legs during any time of year.

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    The snowy bridge near the lower viewing point.
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    Juno walking us.
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    Treasure Falls from the lower bridge.
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    Family photo

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