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San Juan National Forest

Address: 15 Burnett Court, Durango, CO 81301
Phone Number: 970 247 4874
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Ranked #1 of 24 Attractions in Durango
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Forests, National Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Wilderness area consisting of forested mountains, 14,000-foot peaks, scenic roads, geological...
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Type: Forests, National Parks, Nature & 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 railroad.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Colorado has some of the Nation's most spectacular scenic drives, but none is more spectacular than what I will call the "Grand Loop," a 200-mile drive that connects Durango to Silverton to Ouray to Ridgeway to Telluride to Delores and back to Durango. A word to "timid" drivers: The Loop is not scary. It is beautifully engineered and poses very... More 

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Clinton, Utah
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We had the opportunity to see some beautiful parts of this National forest both on the Durango/Silverton railroad and by driving north east of Pagosa Springs to Treasure Falls. This was a bit of a drive from Durango but it was well worth it. We were lucky enough to be there in the fall and the colors were fantastic. Do... More 

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The Woodlands, Texas
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Some 230 miles and a full day, but wow! We diid this with some snow on the roads and some clouds hiding peaks. This is a gem of a drive. An 8am start, 30 min. in Silverton, an hour in Ouray(16 degrees!), and lunch in Telluride returning on the San Juan Skyway. America is beautiful!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We went snowmobiling with snowmobile adventures at the ski area. It was an amazing trip, and the San Juan National Forest is unreal.

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Durango, Colorado
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Super hiking trails around the area of Durango and the National Forest. Lot of interesting places to view. Sometime wild life can be spotted.

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Durango, Colorado
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The San Juan National Forest has "national park" worthy mountains, hiking, climbing, scenery, and size without the crowds of a national park. The biggest problem is access because it is so big and remote, but that is good. The mountain climbing is awesome here!

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Dallas, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Incredible views, snow was cleared for easy travel, not to be missed. The drive was easy and the elevation changes weren't too dramatic so it was fairly easy to acclimate. The nighttime craving can be a little tense if you aren't used to the conditions.

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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 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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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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37 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 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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