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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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Durango-Colorado
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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187 reviews 187 reviews
65 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

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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52 reviews 52 reviews
29 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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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Kamloops, BC
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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We walked the West Mancos rim trail 9 miles north of Mancos. There is a campground and a whole network of trails but we had only time for a short hike on a "rest" day after visiting Mesa Verde.

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Jonesboro, Arkansas, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This was the BEST part of our vacation...driving the San Juan loop. DO NOT MISS THIS!! The views are spectacular, plenty of places to pull over for photos!!

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Ada, Oklahoma
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We love traveling to Durango in the fall because of how beautiful the trees are! We usually drive to Silverton and then on to Ouray. You can also take the Durango/Silverton train one way and return by bus.

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Durango, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Great area full of trails to hike of multiple difficulties, mountain, lake, and river camping spots, awesome skiing, cozy mountain towns with great restaurants, breweries and coffee shops. One of the very best areas in Colorado!

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