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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
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Wilderness area consisting of forested mountains, 14,000-foot peaks, scenic roads, geological formations, prehistoric communities and a narrow-gauge... more » Owner description: Wilderness area consisting of forested mountains, 14,000-foot peaks, scenic roads, geological formations, prehistoric communities and a narrow-gauge railroad. « less
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Lafayette, Louisiana
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The San Juan National Forest is a great place to do some outdoor activities. The forest has plenty of camping spots for hikers, with or without horses. The Mountains in the surrounding area are quite spectacular to see. Be sure to devote quite some time here as it would take weeks to see everything the San Juan National Forest has... More

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Parker, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Took the family on the Durango-Silverton train ride through the San Juan forest. We were in the open gondola. The morning light was great for photography. The scenery is great. We want to go back for hiking.

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Houston
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The San Juan National Forest is 1.8 million acres of fantastic wilderness with snow-capped mountains, meadows of wildflowers, mountain streams, and occasional glimpses of wildlife. It is know as the "land of many uses." One can enjoy hiking on the many trails, camping, picnicking, mountain biking, horseback riding, kayaking, and fishing. The Bureau of Land Management in Durango provides maps... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This could be one of my favorite places in the country. Take the Million Dollar Highway and your hiking shoes... don't forget your cameras! So much to explore, so little time. I hope to spend more time around Ouray and the surrounding mountain passes. SImply spectacular.

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Oro Valley, Arizona
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187 reviews 187 reviews
72 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

coal bank hike, flowers, snow still on ground, beautiful lake. not to step. starts at 10,000 and goes to about 11,000 ft. really wonderful hike. easy parking too

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Phoenix, Arizona
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140 reviews 140 reviews
65 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We saw the Forest close up and personal from the open car of the Durango Silverton train. It was all dressed up in it's spring green and was quite impressive. The scenery varies from wide green pasture looking places to steep river gorges and fabulous river vistas along the Animas River. With drought in so many places, it was delightful... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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86 reviews 86 reviews
40 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

And just about as beautiful. I drove through on Highway 160 twisting through the forest on my way to Mesa Verde. Every aspect of the route - the abundant, lush conifers, the idyllic streams of the Rio Grande river, the stolid majesty of the granite mountains - is so overwhelming to see that you will want to stop every few... More

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Richmond, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We wanted to hike the Island Lake hike (8.5 miles) but were unable to go past the lower basin due to snow coverage. Nonetheless, the lower basin hike was beyond beautiful. We camped at the South Mineral Campground and was amazed by the camp host - Ann and Dan - hospitality. We are planning our trip next year for late... More

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Jersey Shore
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168 reviews 168 reviews
31 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Gorgeous views everywhere on route 550. Took it all of the way to Ouray (Million dollar highway) and was wowed at every turn. A little scary at times but well worth the trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

I wish I could spend every weekend out in these woods. So many great hiking possibilities. Make sure you go early to avoid the afternoon storms.

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