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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 2013
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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Warrington, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

There were no tours operating when we visited, but the park service does a wonderful job of giving you self guided instructions to walk and ride. We had wonderful views of the cliff dwellings without hiking out to them - although many folks did.

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Mancos
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84 reviews 84 reviews
19 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

The San Juan National Forest has wonderful variety. You can be in the "low country" and enjoy the sagebrush/pinyon and juniper up head up to over 14000 peaks in the wilderness. The are great rivers, streams and lakes full of fish for fishing, rafting boating or just contemplating. Wildlife is varied and plentiful. The San Juan is not near any... More

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Durango, Colorado
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61 reviews 61 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

I've lived in Durango for 34 years and have hiked, skied ridden and climbed many of the great spots. For instance, we did a snowshoe hike just before Thanksgiving and had a real treat. The trees were like they had been commercially flocked. Last weekend we skied at Purgatory and it was terrific snow. There is a fee for skiing.... More

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Clifton Park, New York
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105 reviews 105 reviews
29 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

Had never been in a real rain forest before and had no idea there was one in the National Parks system. I took a tour from our cruise ship and really enjoyed it. Word of warning though - take rain gear with you!! Facilities were pretty, natural, and clean. Lots of buses but no real crowds that I saw. Other... More

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Had a blast driving through the park and stopping at various points of interest. If you're in the area, dedicate a day to playing in the San Juan National Forest.

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Durango, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

this is a peaceful way to see Colorado. also some great hiking trails.. just make sure you are prepared for hi altitude and take water with you!

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Dallas Tx
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We took the train through the San Juan Nat'l Forest. Beautiful..full of lakes, a river runs the length of it, and waterfalls.

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Mason City, Iowa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We had never been to southwest Colorado before, Wow! Stayed 5 nites at the Holiday Inn (new). Downtown Durango was great fun. Drove up to Silverton two separate days. One day we explored some back country mining roads around Silverton and also a short hike up to a lake. Another day we drove the "Loop", Silverton, Ouray, Ridgeway, Telluride and... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Hiking in the San Juans is the best way to experience the beauty, silence and nature of the area. Carry some water, good shoes and an appreciation for the nature which has been preserved for us all.

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Albuquerque
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Best way to see the forest is on the DSN&G steam train, especially if you want to get up close to the raging Animas River and the gorgeous scenery! We upgraded to first class parlor car, were able to spend most of time on back platform of rear car getting fantastic video and pictures and enjoying the fresh mountain air!... More

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