Mother Nature provides her decorating expertise free of charge

From a simple, backyard affair to a lavish party for hundreds, Pagosa Springs and the surrounding area might be just what you’re looking for to make your wedding or reunion something special. 

Pagosa Country is a wonderful background for special events — with the majestic Pagosa Peak, sparkling mountain lakes, bubbling brooks, aspen stands, clear blue skies, colorful and dramatic sunsets and more. Or, if you’re more of the indoor type, a number of venues can be rented for special events and decorated to fit your style.

In addition to Mother Nature providing her decorating expertise free of charge for your event (sustainable weddings are a trend this year, while rustic, natural looks and outdoor weddings have been in for years), Pagosa Springs offers the amenities to help put together all the details for your picture-perfect event. 

Another top wedding trend is craft beer, and Pagosa is home to a variety of award-winning brews. Too, photographers, florists, caterers and jewelers, all complete with Pagosa flair, are at the ready, while hotels, cabins, lodges, and bed and breakfasts offer a variety of unique lodging options for every budget and desire. Area rental businesses can help outfit your events for sound and seating.

Marriage licenses can be obtained downtown at the Archuleta County Courthouse, located at 449 San Juan St. (on the main street in downtown Pagosa Springs), between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Licenses can be secured for $30 cash. Both the bride and groom are required to be present with photo ID to sign the document, which will be issued immediately and is valid for 30 days. No blood test is required in Colorado. Additional requirements exist if either or both parties are divorced. 

More than just being chock-full of photo-worthy views, Pagosa Country provides experiences. 

It won’t be a problem keeping family and friends entertained. A plethora of memorable indoor and outdoor activities cater to every age, skill level and area of interest — shopping, hiking, biking, fishing, ATVing, swimming, golfing and more — all of which can be topped off with a soak in the area’s mineral pools or a relaxing massage.