The short answer to whether Pagosa Springs is dog-friendly is both yes and no.
Southern Colorado is an area thick with forests, lakes, campgrounds, hot springs and outdoor activities. Yet it is somewhat difficult to find places to stay in the area that accept dogs and pets. The website www.dogfriendly.com lists the motels and hotels that advertise availability yet doesn’t spell out the extra costs per night. Better yet is www.airbnb.com which allows you to search for both downtown and rural vacation rentals in Pagosa Springs using various filters for dates, rooms, and yes, pet-friendly options.
The local and famous hot springs resorts do not seem to allow pets on their premises but best is to ask as the websites mention nothing either way.
Camping though, this is where Pagosa Springs is perfect for a camping trip with your dogs. There are numerous campgrounds within ten to twenty miles of town, some by lakes, others on the river, and also in the National Forest in the San Juan Mountains. All are worth checking out. If you wish to be close enough to town with all the amenities, then ask at Riverside only two miles to the east. From there, you could even float down river with your dogs and end up downtown for lunch. If you wish for peace, rivers, and fishing, then look to the National Forest for all of their campgrounds.
The main problem is that in summer, you simply can’t find shaded cool places to park your vehicle and leave a dog safely inside. There is limited parking under the trees at the park on the river, the resorts have open plan parking lots, and many of the restaurants are not dog friendly so you can’t bring the pup with you onto the patio, officially at least.
Riff-raff brewery keeps the dogs out of the gate, tied to a fence. Pagosa Springs Brewery on the west side of town however has a huge outdoor dining area, with tall Ponderosas giving thick cooling shade at most of the tables. The official line is no dogs, or it was, but this seems contextual. How busy is the dining area? Are your dogs quiet and calm on leash? Are there small children running around? If in doubt, ask. Time your visit to miss the lunchtime rush, and they might work with you.
Pagosa Springs itself is based upon the outdoor culture of hiking, biking, skiing and camping. The town though isn’t geared for your dogs. Take care, pick the season carefully to avoid the crowds and extreme temperatures, and you will enjoy traveling with your dog.