Arriving & Departing Tara Mandala
Registration is 2:00-4:00pm on the first day of the retreat. Late arrivals and early departures must be prearranged, and cannot always be accommodated.
Unless otherwise noted, retreats begin with 5 pm orientation, dinner, and an opening teaching, and ends with lunch or Tsog, depending on the retreat. Please plan to attend for the full time specified. Whenever possible, please book departing Durango flights after 4pm. This will allow time for travel and airport check-in without missing the end of your retreat.
Staying on the land before or after a retreat is not an option unless you are attending consecutive retreats and have authorized payment of the additional fees. Many retreatants have said that the best way to transition into or out of retreat is to stay in the lovely town of Pagosa Springs a day or two before the retreat begins to rest and acclimate to the altitude, or stay the night the retreat ends and enjoy the famous hot springs before traveling home.
Lodging information is available here.
Air and Ground Transportation
We are 90 minutes from the La Plata County airport in Durango (DRO) and 4 1/2 hours from the Albuquerque airport. Our retreat land is a 25 minute drive from Pagosa Springs. You are responsible for arranging your own transportation. There are several options for ground transportation including professional shuttle services and rental cars.
Flying In From Durango (DRO)
Transportation to and from the Durango Airport and Tara Mandala is available through Wilderness Journeys Pagosa, Inc, (970) 731-4081. If you are staying in Prajna (the residence hall), please have the driver drop you off at Prajna Hall and pick you up there at the end of the retreat. If you are camping or staying in a yurt, please have the driver drop you off and pick you up from the Community building, which is the first building when you enter the land.
Special Group Discount for Tara Mandala
- On the day each retreat starts, a shuttle will leave the airport at 1 pm sharp and go directly to Tara Mandala, no stops.
- On the day each retreat ends, a shuttle will leave Tara Mandala at 2 pm sharp and go directly to the airport (or drop you off at the Springs Resort, no other stops).
- The cost is $50/person/each way, RESERVATIONS only.
- There will be no shuttle if there are no reservations.
- Reservations can be combined with a Custom Shuttle as long as all parts have advance reservations. (For example, a Custom arrival pick-up tailored to your flight with a departure on the Group shuttle or vice versa.)
- Reservations are prepaid and can be made online or by phone with Wilderness Journeys, (970) 731-4081.
- Last minute changes (or reservations made within 24-hours) will incur an additional charge and ONLY if there is space available, so be sure to reserve your spot early.
Custom Shuttle Reservations:
- A Custom Reservation will pick you up at the airport when your flight arrives and pick you up from Tara Mandala 3 hours prior to your flight departure.
- $100 one-way for up to two people or $190 round-trip if made at time of reservation. For each additional person, (pre-paid with the same pick-up time), add $20 one-way or $35 round-trip.
- Airport wait charge: $30/hour with a two-hour limit.
- To add one additional destination before or after a retreat, the cost is an additional $50. For two stop-overs, add $75. (For example, a round-trip shuttle with an overnight stay in town before and after a retreat would cost $265 for two people and a one-way shuttle with one stop would cost $150 for two people.)
- Reservations can be made online or by phone at Wilderness Journeys, (970) 731-4081. Please provide the Airline, the flight #, arrival and departure flight times, plus payment information.
- On the day of arrival, please call Wilderness Journeys to confirm that your connecting flight from Denver, Dallas, or Phoenix is still on time. (This gives enough time to stop a shuttle from leaving Pagosa Springs too early.) If you call about a delayed flight, there is no charge and the driver will be there at the new arrival time. Without a flight confirmation call, the charge is $30/hour to wait at the airport with a two-hour wait limit.
Transportation From Albuquerque (ABQ)
Transportation from the Albuquerque airport is available from Twin Hearts Express Shuttle. Reservations are $170 one way and $340 round trip, and can be made by phone only: (800) 654-9456. We strongly recommend that you call and confirm your reservation a day before your shuttle. Budget or Enterprise car rental also an option.
Transportation From Denver (DEN)
The only transportation available from the Denver airport is car rental. Pagosa Springs has two car rental agencies:
In addition to the options listed, you may be able to share a ride with other retreatants coming from various locations. There is a rideshare group listing to help you facilitate a rideshare at: http://groups.google.com/group/tara-mandala-rideshare.
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
Unless attending a retreat, all visits to the land must be cleared through the registrar. We do not allow visitors on the land during closed retreats and the gate to our land is locked in the off-season. Please arrange an appropriate time to visit by calling or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The roads leading into Tara Mandala are rough dirt roads. Please take your time and enjoy the drive. During the winter, the roads to Tara Mandala are snow covered. An all-wheel or four-wheel-drive vehicle with snow tires is needed in the Winter months in order to safely traverse the roads to Tara Mandala.
Tara Mandala is located 15 miles southwest of Pagosa Springs, a 30 minute drive.
Please note there is no other access to Tara Mandala other than USFS 649 via the East and West Highway 160 (see below). Any other option that shows up in GPS is not passable and may involve 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.