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Phase 2 of the River Island Ranch Properties opened for sale on October 16, 2007. Only seven parcles with river frontage on the Rio Grande River remain.



Phase 3 of the River Island Ranch Properties was made available on April 17, 2007 and only eight parcels with National Forest border are available at this time.

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado is the most populated town in — and the primary commercial hub and county seat of — Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. The population was 1,591 at the 2000 census. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the 2006 population of surrounding Archuleta County at 12,386, representing a dramatic 25% increase since the 2000 census. Approximately 65 percent of county land is either San Juan National Forest or Southern Ute Indian land.GR6

Pagosa Springs and the surrounding county are both experiencing a substantial influx of second home owners; a 2006 property assessment indicates that 60% of area private properties are owned by non-residents.

Pagosa Springs is located approximately 35 miles (56 km) north of the New Mexico border, nestled at 7,000 feet on the Western Slope of the Continental Divide. This combination of high desert plateau and dramatic Rocky Mountains to the north and east creates an unusually mild climate, especially in the summer months, when compared with much of the surrounding Southwest. Pagosa is favored with around 300 days of sun each year, as well as four distinct seasons.

The town is located in the upper San Juan Basin, surrounded by the 3 million acre (12,000 km²) San Juan National Forest, and adjacent to the largest contiguous wilderness area in the nation, the Weminuche Wilderness.

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Folks still gather at the Hot Springs, one of the largest and hottest natural springs in the world, and one which continues to be celebrated for its therapeutic powers. The Utes called the sulphur-rich mineral springs "Pah gosah" meaning "water that has a bad smell" and visitors from all over the world come to enjoy its hot baths. Some come to cure ailments, others to simply relax in the mineral-rich waters. The Hot Springs are a natural complement to the Pagosa Springs area's year round recreational activities, which include downhill and cross country skiing at nearby Wolf Creek Ski Area. Snowmobiling in the forest service land is also quite popular. Summertime activities include fishing, hiking, and rafting. Come autumn, the area is a popular destination for hunters, who harvest elk, deer and other game animals.

"Downtown Pagosa Springs" was the final destination for a duo of truckers in the 1975 Country song Wolf Creek Pass by C.W. McCall. U.S. Highway 160 from the pass to town goes through a vertical drop of around 5,000 feet (1,500 m), and is described in the song as "hairpin county and switchback city".

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