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San Juan National Forest

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Address: 15 Burnett Court, Durango, CO 81301
Phone Number: 970 247 4874
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Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife
Description: Wilderness area consisting of forested mountains, 14,000-foot peaks...
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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Spring Hikes

For hiking in San Juan in the spring, it's best to stick around Durango and Pagosa Springs. Else wise, there could be too much snow and the roads pitted near Silverton.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 6, 2015
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Southfield, Michigan
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Spring Creek, Nevada
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70 reviews 70 reviews
26 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We camped in the San Juan National Forest and the campground was well kept and private. There were even sites that have electrical hookups. Reserve your sites though, even pre season the electric sites were mostly occupied.

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Southfield, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

For hiking in San Juan in the spring, it's best to stick around Durango and Pagosa Springs. Else wise, there could be too much snow and the roads pitted near Silverton.

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Tennessee
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We took the train from Durango to Cascade Canyon. I plan on coming back and taking the train out into the San Juan National Forest and camping a day or two.

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Greenville, TX
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56 reviews 56 reviews
15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Beautiful area of the state with high altitude road and passes (Highway 550 between Durango, Silverton & especially Ouray is not to be missed). Great fall color of aspen and other trees. The road is very winding and has drops off dramatically on the side but safe and amazing how they built it. Many great pullouts on the forest roads... More 

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Madison, ME
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

BEAUTIFUL views but scary roads at times. Some places are drop offs with no guard rails. We made many stops along the way so plan the road for a couple days at least so you can take it all in...

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Middle Tennessee
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We drove the road from Durango to Montrose in early April. There was snow everywhere but (thankfully) not on the highway. You rise to several 11,000 feet peaks and you descend. It is not easy for us flatlanders but it is an adventure. Try it once if you are in the neighborhood. Once was enough for us. The San Juan... More 

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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210 reviews 210 reviews
18 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

I love the Warning signs about the wildlife, it really helps to protect them. So many areas to travel and visit

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Great high country, small lakes, fields of Indian Paint Brush, cataracts, and switchbacks, my gosh there was climbing and switchbacks.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Beautiful forest. I have spent time all over the interior west and have seen a lot of forests. This one is very cool, with sharp mountain peaks, many species of pine, fir, and spruce, as well as western scrub-jays, mountain bluebirds, etc., with a lot of rivers and creeks to support wildlife. Lots of history too!

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Shelbyville, Tennessee
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Some resident herds move around. To see great Bulls snow must bring them down from the higher elevations.

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