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San Juan National Forest

15 Burnett Court, Durango, CO 81301
970 247 4874
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Ranked #1 of 28 Attractions in Durango
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Forests, National Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: Wilderness area consisting of forested mountains, 14,000-foot peaks, scenic roads, geological formations, prehistoric communities and a narrow-gauge railroad.

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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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160 reviews 160 reviews
94 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Beautiful scenery, deep blue lakes, mountains capped with snow and gorgeous aspens in the Fall. The Coal Bank Pass is particularly fine. Recommend the drive up to Silverton from Durango.

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Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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163 reviews 163 reviews
69 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Some great views of Alpine scenery as you take the Million Dollar highway from Durango to Ouray via Silverton. Its a great road plenty of pull ins and overlooks as well as some heady drops into valleys below. Plan your gas.

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Arlington, Texas
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182 reviews 182 reviews
32 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We made the great circle as outlined in the title over a couple of days time in the fall. The scenery is absolutely fabulous. You travel over various altitudes and geography with some of the best sights to be seen. We only wished for more time to check out all the side roads that we could not travel. You see... More

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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71 reviews 71 reviews
22 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I am a traveller who loves the wilderness, and thats what the san juan is , great day hikes and longer ones , the cdt trail, and much much more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

In colo get a hicker camper permit verry cheep insurance if u need help - trees And Fun camp out watch the fires, clean up after your self, check roads b4 driving on dirt roads

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Avoca Beach, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We were staying in Pagosa Springs and drove on the Million Dollar Highway through San Juan NF. It was our first taste of Colorado and it blew our minds! We also hiked through the NF and was amazed at the wildlife and large amounts of pine trees (a bit different from Australia!) There were some rough roads but all in... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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192 reviews 192 reviews
66 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Visited the area in late Sept. and rode the train from Silverton back to Durango. We saw some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere around! The aspens were in full bloom and the views were breathtaking!

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Glendora, California
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29 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The Million Dollar Highway between Ouray and Silverton and then going on to Durango is simply beyond words in the Fall. If you can take the Durango and SIlverton Narrow Gauge Railroad from Durango to Silverton, especially in the Fall, you will have memories to last forever of the beauty and excitement of an old steam train ride thru gorgeous... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I'm a photographer with hopes of catching some autumn colors. Just north of Durango the colors were changing with vibrant colors and by the time we traveled north of Silverton we came upon the spectacle of autumn foilage that this area is famous for. Simply spectacular.

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Plainfield, Illinois
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Get your 4 wheel drive car and drive up there! We made a spontaneous decision to drive up in the mountain of Echo Basin - San Juan National Forest and that was the best part of our trip in Colorado! This is not a tourist area so you won't see anyone here at all. Made sure to take a picture... More

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