Update! Winterfest Weather & Good Chilly Fun!

Winterfest, a Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce Event, is January 19th-21st!

This is an activity-packed weekend for the whole family here in Pagosa! The Hot-Air Balloon Mass Ascensions, Bonfire, Penguin Plunge, BB Gun Biathlon, Cross Country Ski Clinic, and Sled Races keep the family busy for days with even time left to enjoy the hot springs, restaurants, shops and snow-covered hills and mountains.

Weather Update: Wednesday, January 17th, 2024.

Friday, January 19th for the Bonfire: Partly Cloudy Skies with Light and Variable winds. Temperatures at 5PM: Mid 30s. By end of the concert: Mid 20s.

Saturday, January 20th: Partly Cloudy becoming Mostly Cloudy in to the afternoon. Light and Variable winds in the morning becoming Southerly at 10mph in the afternoon. Temperatures: Start of balloon Ascension at 8:00AM; Chilly! Upper Teens. Biathlon at 9:15; Mid 20s. Barkus Parade at 11:00; Mid 30s. Penguin Plunge at 12:00PM; Low 40s. San Juan River Temperature: 31degrees. Sleds on the Rez at 2:30PM; 45degrees.

Sunday, January 21st: Mostly Cloudy to Cloudy throughout the day. Southerly Winds at 6mph becoming 10 with Gusts to 15mph by afternoon. Snowshowers in and out of the area in the morning. Steady snow after 11am. Temperatures: Start of balloon Ascension at 8:00AM; Low 20s. Balloon Launch conditions will be marginal. Cross Country Ski Clinic at 9:45AM; Low 30s.

Winterfest Activities

Friday, January 19th

5PM – 8PM 2024 Bonfire & Concert: Located at the Archuleta County Fairgrounds, 344 Highway 84

Enjoy live music, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages (hot and cold), delicious food from food trucks and lots of heat from the giant bonfire! Sponsored by Rosies Pizzeria!
You can drop your live Christmas tees off at the fairgrounds prior to the event starting December 26 and contribute to the blaze.
Signage at the fairground for tree drop off.

Saturday, January 20

8:00AM Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascensions

Uptown in the Pagosa Lakes Area, Around Park Ave

See the balloons fill the winter sky over the Pagosa Lakes area. Grab a cup of coffee or cocoa, and come enjoy the spectacular view!

Note: Parking is NOT permitted on Hwy 160 to view the balloons.

9:15AM Pagosa Nordic Club BB Gun Biathlon: Race check-in and bib pick-up for all races at 9:15 a.m.

— 16K competitive
— 4K citizens-youth / KidK
— Freestyle: citizen / youth / KidK

Great event for all ages, abilities and spectators.

Participants will have the opportunity to test shoot at targets for one half hour before their race.

Race entry

For more detailed information, visit www.pagosanordic.com.

11:00AM 8th Annual Barkus Parade Town Park

The Lost Cajun is hosting this event as a benefit for Rugby’s Rescue House. Bring your costumed pet and parade with us! Prizes for best costumes! Registration begins at 10:30 in Town Park. 

Participants are asked to make a small donation (suggested $10) to Rugby’s Rescue House and they receive a free cup of gumbo at The Lost Cajun in return.

1:00PM 14th Annual Penguin Plunge

Registration 12pm, San Juan River across from the Pagosa Springs Visitor Center.

Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.

Support your favorite non-profits by raising money and plunging into the freezing cold San Juan River, or enjoy the view from the San Juan River Walk. These brave souls don’t just jump in and get out, we make them REALLY plunge into the river!
As a plunger enjoy a free soaking pass to one of Pagosa’s hot mineral spa facilities along with other participant goodies and prizes.
Registration to plunge required along with raising money for a community non-profit organization.
We also have a SPECIAL GUEST at this event! Your kids will love it!

Penguin Plunge

Register at Chamber webpage: Winterfest

2:30PM Sledz on Rez: Build It! Ride It! Win It!

Reservoir Hill – downtown Pagosa Springs

Registration begins at 1:00 p.m. Sledding begins at 2:30 p.m.


Register early at Chamber webpage: Winterfest

Sunday, January 21

8:00AM Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascensions

Uptown in the Pagosa Lakes Area, Around Park Ave

See the balloons fill the winter sky over the Pagosa Lakes area. Grab a cup of coffee or cocoa, and come enjoy the spectacular view!

Note: Parking is NOT permitted on Hwy 160 to view the balloons.

9:45AM Learn to Cross Country Ski Clinic – Cloman Park

This introductory clinic is great for never-evers, beginners and intermediate level X-C skiers. Learn skate ski and classic cross-country ski basics from some of Pagosa Springs’ best skiers. Come learn how to make these outdoor winter activities even more enjoyable. Bring your ski gear; skate skis or classic kick and glide. All local ski shops rent cross-country ski gear and offer special rental discounts for these clinics- just mention your are attending the clinic.

All free of charge. Donations and Pagosa Nordic Club membership are strongly encouraged to help offset expenses with conducting the clinics and trail grooming.

PLEASE plan on arriving early and being geared up and checked in by 9:45 am with class starting at 10 am as late arrivals are disruptive to the classes. Parking is often packed! Leave time to park and walk to the staging area.
Classes are approximately 1 ½ hours long.
Pre-Registration is required to determine experience level and type of skiing preferred.

To register: https://pagosanordic.com/learn-to-ski-classic-and-skate-lessons/g

Volunteers Needed! Great opportunity to be part of a unique Pagosa Experience

Volunteer to help out at with Pilot Reception, the Bonfire, or at the Concert: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4CA8AD2FABF4CF8-46310226-winterfest#/

For more information, refer to Chamber of Commerce web page: https://pagosachamber.com/winterfest.html

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