TRENT BONA

» Sept. 26

There are few better ways to spend an autumn day than kicking back for a day of trail races, food, music and fun in beautiful Town Park at the Mountain Chile Cha Cha.

The Cha Cha is a celebration of Pagosa Country’s Hispanic heritage that spotlights the love of green chile and provides a cultural and culinary treat for locals and visitors alike.

This year, the Cha Cha will take place Sept. 26 in Town Park, in downtown Pagosa Springs. Admission is free.

After the races, the burn moves to the taste buds, at the annual Patty Aragon Green Chile Classic — a green chile cookoff and tasting (the public tasting beginning after judges have made their rounds) and ever-popular margarita contest. 

The event offers those in attendance the opportunity to sample dozens of delicious homemade green chiles, many made using recipes passed down through generations of local residents.

The event continues with a beer garden, fresh roasted green chile on site all day and fun activities for the kids. 

In the afternoon, enjoy live dance music, with Sangre Joven. 

Winners of the Patty Aragon Green Chile Classic will be announced between performances, with $600 in prize monies, trophies, medals and bragging rights handed out to winners.