Directions & Getting Here

Description of the Region

Pagosa Springs is located in the Four-Corners region of southwestern Colorado which offers an abundance of interesting activities and attractions. The region is known for its access to archeological sites, unmatched mountains, beautiful rivers, canyon lands and a wealth of cultural history. The town of Pagosa Springs is nestled in a beautiful valley on the banks of the San Juan Mountains which include two wilderness areas, the Weminuche and the South San Juan. Pagosa sits at an elevation of 7070 feet and has 320 days of sun a year. “Pagosah” means healing waters in Ute and Pagosa Springs is home of the world’s largest mineral hot springs. Visitors to Pagsoa Springs can enjoy the natural hot springs year-round.

Tara Mandala Land

The Tara Mandala retreat land is located 25 minutes outside of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, surrounded by National Forest and Ute Reservation lands. Pagosa Springs is in the Four Corners area of Southwest Colorado, approximately 1 hour from Durango, 3 hours from Santa Fe, NM and 4 hours from Albuquerque, NM.

Retreat Land and Office

IMPORTANT NOTE: Unless attending a retreat, all visits to the land must be cleared through the office first. We cannot allow visitors during closed retreats and we lock the gate in the off-season, so please call first!

Please also note that the roads leading into Tara Mandala are rough dirt roads. Take your time and enjoy the drive.  During the winter the roads to Tara Mandala are snow covered.  You will need at least an All Wheel drive vehicle with snow tires in order to safely traverse the roads to Tara Mandala.

Tara Mandala is located 15 miles southwest of Pagosa Springs, a 25-30 minute drive.

DIRECTIONS

PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO OTHER ACCESS TO TARA MANDALA OTHER THAN USFS 649 VIA THE  EAST AND WEST HIGHWAY 160 APPROACHES DESCRIBED BELOW; ANY OTHER OPTION THAT SHOWS UP IN GPS IS NOT PASSABLE AND INVOLVES PRIVATE ROADS WITH LOCKED GATES.

FROM THE WEST (Durango)

Entering Pagosa Springs on Highway 160 from the west, turn right at the first stoplight in town, South Pagosa Boulevard. On the left is a Shell station. If you pass City Market on your left, you just missed the turn. Go four miles, and just after the pavement turns to dirt, turn left onto Cascade. After just under one mile, turn right at the T onto County Road 500, also known as Trujillo Rd. Go another 5.4 miles and turn right onto US Forest Service Road 649; you should see the Tara Mandala sign to mark this turn, as well as a large red barn with a silver roof on your left. Just after you turn, you will cross a cattle guard, and see a small sign on your right that says 649 – there is no other road sign. We are located 3.6 miles from the road at that first cattle guard. Please note USFS 646 is a private dirt road between the cattle gates; please drive under 25 miles per hour to protect wildlife, reduce dust and maintain the road. Along the road you will cross another cattle guard. We are the second left after that cattle guard. At the second left, as you drive in, you will see our large red gate entrance and the Tara Temple in the distance. Turn left into our driveway. Park in the parking lot and climb the outside stairwell of the community building to the office.

FROM THE EAST OR SOUTH (Wolf Creek Pass, New Mexico)

Driving through Pagosa Springs on Highway 160 from the east, turn left (South) on S. 8th Street. At the second stop sign, turn right onto Apache. Apache becomes Trujillo Road (also known as County Road 500), which you follow 10 miles south of town past the city landfill. Turn right onto US Forest Service Road 649. You should see the Tara Mandala sign to mark this turn, as well as a large red barn with a silver roof on your left. Just after you turn, you will cross a cattle guard, and see a small sign on your right that says 649 – there is no other road sign. We are located 3.6 miles from the road at that first cattle guard. Please note USFS 646 is a private dirt road between the cattle gates; please drive under 25 miles per hour to protect wildlife, reduce dust and maintain the road. Along the road you will cross another cattle guard. We are the second left after that cattle guard. At the second left, as you drive in, you will see our large red gate entrance and the Tara Temple in the distance. Turn left into our driveway. Park in the parking lot and climb the outside stairwell of the community building to the office.